The Glasgow Academy / Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Battle of Passchendaele Commemorations

Muirne Hopkins (S6) and two former pupils, Anna Swan and Sean McGettigan, recently travelled to Belgium with the National Youth Choir of Scotland to take part in the Battle of Passchendaele commemoration events, with live coverage by the BBC.

The choir attended and sang at a service held in Ypres, where the King of Belgium and the Duke of Cambridge laid wreaths at the Menin Gate. The service was followed by a performance in Ypres' Market Square telling the story of the battle, featuring Dame Helen Mirren and a specially-written extract from War Horse, narrated by Michael Morpurgo, all set to a backdrop of light projections on to the historic Cloth Hall. The performance was attended by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the King and Queen of Belgium and Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Commemorations continued the following day with a special service held at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the final resting place of 11,961 WWI servicemen, of whom 8,300 remain unidentified.

Coverage can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer until the end of August (World War One Remembered: Passchendaele).