Hundreds remember fallen at centenary of armistice on Roseisle Beach

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Roseisle remembrance event
The portrait of Captain Charles Sorley was raked into the sand at Roseisle, then washed away by the tide. Picture: Marc Hindley

More than 800 people turned out to a Remembrance commemoration with a difference at Roseisle Beach this morning to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in war.

A 30-metre portrait of Scottish War Poet Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley was raked into the sand between 8:30am and 9:30am, after which members of the public scraped a regimental line of individual silhouettes to mark their own remembrance.

Cars parked along the length of the approach and overflowed onto the Kinloss–Roseisle road to take part in the informal commemoration, which took place at 30 beaches around the country.

All around the beach, people left their own tributes to remember family members either in simple writing in the sand, a small personal memento left on the beach, or charcoaled onto a rock.

The idea was conceived by Danny Boyle to invite communities to come together 100 years after the end of World War I to hold an alternative yet complementary service, and he joined forces with the commemorative arts programme 14-8 NOW to commission 30 portraits on beaches around the UK. In Scotland, the events were coordinated by the National Theatre of Scotland, and the event was supported locally by Findhorn Bay Arts.

Pictures: Marc Hindley