Wheelhouse encourages WW1 centenary recognition

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Paul Wheelhouse SNP MSP for the South of Scotland is encouraging constituents in Berwickshire to think ahead to 2014 First World War centenary events.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are providing funds to help communities mark the anniversaries of events including the Battle of the Somme, the Gallipoli campaign, the changing role of women, the Armistice and the dedication of the first war memorials.

Anyone applying for these funds will also have access to Imperial War Museum expertise and resources by joining the centenary partnership. Mr Wheelhouse is now encouraging people in the South of Scotland to apply for the funding to commemorate the contribution the Scottish Borders made to the First World War.

Speaking after Remembrance Sunday Mr Wheelhouse said: “This time of year compels us all to turn our thoughts to, not only the fallen armed forces personnel, but also those who are still serving at home and abroad.

“I am honoured to be a member of the current Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Armed Forces Veterans and our business will no doubt, in due course, turn to looking at events taking place to commemorate the anniversaries of 1914.

“I am always very conscious of the contribution of local families from Berwickshire during both world wars and would like to see events and longer-term commemorations to be in place for 2014.

“That is why I would encourage local community groups and organisations to apply for the Heritage Lottery Funding now available for that purpose. There is a brilliant resource here in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum that should be utilised by people in the Scottish Borders to ensure that the memory of the fallen lives on.

“More information from Heritage Lottery Fund can be found at www.hlf.org.uk/FirstWorldWar and they can be contacted on 020 7591 6042/44 or enquire@hlf.org.uk. My office would also be happy to assist with any enquiries and can be contacted on paul.wheelhouse.msp@scottish.parliament.uk or 0131 348 6890”.