COMMUNITY groups in Dunbar are being invited to join forces to commemorate a century since the end of the First World War.

Plans are being pieced together ahead of the centenary of the war’s end on November 11.

As well as the annual remembrance service at Dunbar’s war memorial, other events are being created to ensure an all-day remembrance of the historic occasion.

Will Collin, from the town’s community council, is involved in the bid to create something memorable.

He said: “My suggestion that I am putting forward is to add to [the usual morning event].

“For the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War [in 2005], children of Dunbar Grammar School and Dunbar Primary School came forward with small memorial crosses with poppies on them. There was one for every Second World War name on the memorial.

“I am saying that should happen for the names on the memorial for the First World War and there are between 130 and 135 names.”

Mr Collin is planning to work alongside not just the schools but also the town’s Royal British Legion branch.

More than 300 people have attended the morning memorial service in recent years and Mr Collin anticipated that number could rise for this year’s event.

The community councillor felt that the “main event” would be a community concert in the afternoon, with plans to hold it in Dunbar Parish Church.

He said: “[The church] did have a fair amount to do with the First World War and its minister [Rev James Kirk] was, of course, a chaplain, and lost his life along with more than 130 other folk.

“I see it as being a commemorative concert with musical items and prose items.

“I attended the S3 Dunbar Grammar School end-of-year event and that was held in the church because Dunbar Grammar School was undergoing building work.

“Images [of the S3 battlefields tour] were being projected onto a screen and one pupil sang The Green Fields of France.

“It really was, to my mind and a lot of others, a very emotional experience.”

Mr Collin has already spoken to staff at both the primary and secondary schools about taking part in the concert, which is expected to last 90 minutes, with other community groups also welcome to enquire about taking part.

Meanwhile, the town’s history society has also offered to do readings.

Finally, a suggestion has also been made for The Last Post to be played at 6.55pm, with church bells also to ring shortly after 7pm to mark the occasion.

The plans won approval with Mr Collin’s fellow community councillors, who met last month.

Colleague Herbert Coutts added: “It all sounds great to me. The only thing I wonder about is that it has become quite a tradition in cities to project images onto a building.”

It was agreed to look at the possibility of projecting images relating to the First World War onto Dunbar Town House.

Details are expected to be firmed up closer to Armistice Day.