Pupils from Preston Lodge High School paid their respects to those who lost their lives at the Battle of Prestonpans last week on the 278 anniversary of the event.

S1 pupils laid wreaths at the battlefield's memorial tables in honour of the soldiers who fought whilst walking the battlefield.

Every year, the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust lays two wreaths, to ensure that the soldiers of both sides in the conflict are remembered.

This year, the anniversary coincided with a visit from Preston Lodge pupils taking part in the Trust's education programme.

After a guided tour around the battle site and its monuments, the pupils headed to the museum at Prestonpans Town Hall for further activities learning about the battle and the soldiers who fought in it.

Hundreds of school pupils are expected to take part in such visits over the winter, and it was particularly special that this class could be involved in the annual commemoration on the actual day of the anniversary.

A few days earlier, the Trust had held a public walking and a day of craft activities at the museum to mark the anniversary with the general public.

Next September will see the return of the major battle re-enactment which takes place in Prestonpans every three years.

A spokesperson for Preston Lodge High School said: "A really interesting morning saw our students visiting key areas of the battle, and hearing the fascinating stories behind what took place all those years ago.

"In the afternoon the class spent some time at the museum, where they could dress up, learn to fold a kilt and try out some of the weaponry.

"All agreed that it was a very successful trip. Some pupils commented that they didn’t want to leave, and asked if they could do it all again!

"Overall it was a very worthwhile outing, highlighting the richness of history that lies on the pupils’ doorstep."