Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty, in front of the Cenotaph in George Square

Tickets set to be released for Glasgow's First World War Commonwealth Centenary commemoration

Posted on on 27 June 2014
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Tickets for a special ceremony in Glasgow to mark the Centenary of the First World War, with an emphasis on the Commonwealth, will be released to the general public on the 7th July 2014.

The spotlight will be on Glasgow as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Games.

The closing ceremony of the games is on the 3rd August, when many Commonwealth leaders will be in the city.

They have been invited to stay on until the 4th, when a special service will be held at Glasgow Cathedral to mark the Centenary of Britain's declaration of war on Germany.

The service will place a special emphasis on the contribution of the Commonwealth, with large screens being ereted in George Square showing the service live. There are 4000 tickets being made available to members of the public who wish to attend.

A wreath-laying ceremony will also be held in the square, with the Prince of Wales (known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland) in attendance.

The UK's Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, said that it is "right that we honour and remember the lives of the millions who served in and were affected by the war; and that we reflect on the broader significance of that era and the impact it has on our lives today. 

“The events at Glasgow Cathedral and George Square will honour those from the Commonwealth and beyond. We will never forget their sacrifice".

The Lord Lieutenant, Glasgow's Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty, will lead the service marking 100 years since the start of the First World War.

She said that Glasgow "feels very honoured to play such a major role in Britain and the Commonwealth's commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War".

She also expressed a hope that people from all over the Commonwealth with take up the opportunity to gain one of the 4000 tickets being made available for the event in George Square.


Tickets are limited to four per household and all travel and accommodation requirements must be met by the ticket holder.

Phone lines to apply for tickets open on the 7th July 2014 at 9:00am. Please call: 0141 287 7999.

Posted by: Glasgow City Council

Images courtesy of Glasgow City Council

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News