ORGANISERS of special centenary commemorations to mark the end of the Great War have been encouraged by the response from families of both the fallen and the survivors.

In the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday on November 11 a programme of events will take place in and around Peebles.

And at the centre of the film screenings, lectures, remembrance walks and visual tributes will be a display telling the people's story of Peeblesshire.

An organising committee made up of the Lord-Lieutenant for Tweeddale, Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Brigadier Bruce Russell MBE, fellow Deputy Lieutenant Adrian Lucas, Major John Currie MBE, and Parish Minister Calum Macdougall is currently finalising the centenary programme.

Hundreds of young men from Peeblesshire lost their lives during the conflict between 1914 and 1918.

And many more who survived, lived with the horrors they'd witnessed on the bloody battlefields of Europe.

Since an appeal was made in the Peeblesshire News earlier this month for families to contribute their stories of loved ones during and after the end of World War I many people have been in touch.

Mr Lucas from the organising committee told us: "We have received many stories and photographs via the email and also in person.

"Over the coming weeks the stories will start to be compiled and used to tell the story of Peeblesshire's people."

Many other groups, including Peebles Callants, Peebles High School and Tweeddale Museum, are also helping with the commemoration.

Anyone who can contribute to telling the story of Peeblesshire and its people during the Great War is asked to send stories and photographs to