Exciting First World War event is coming soon to Bearsden

A special free event focusing on what life was like during the First World War is taking place in Bearsden Burgh Hall on Saturday, October 25, between 11am and 2pm.

It’s one of many events arranged by East Dunbartonshire Council and EDLC Trust to mark the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

There will be a range of activities on during the day and experts from the Scotland’s War project will help people learn more about their wartime memorabilia such as medals, postcards and photographs. The team can also help to upload your family’s First World War photos and stories to the Scotland’s War website.

To learn more about tracing your First World War ancestors an archivist will be available for family history drop-in sessions. Visitors will be also able to experience what life was like for children during the war with traditional games, dressing up and other fun activities while The Gordon Highlanders will be setting up camp and talking about life in the front line trenches.

Five-piece band Gladstone’s Bag will transport you back to the music halls of 1914 with a range of wartime songs and learn what life like in the trenches and on the home front from a series of informative displays.

Scott Hill, chair of EDLC Trust, said: “This is part of the Untold Stories of the First World War project, in which EDLC Trust employees are gathering stories of local residents who served in the armed forces or on the home front.

“These stories of heroism, sacrifice and duty will then feature in a travelling exhibition and events in libraries throughout four years of commemoration events, with the possibility of a film record and even a book.”