From 31 July to 20 August 1917, three out of four major Scottish divisions were involved almost simultaneously in the Battle of Passchendaele. To commemorate this involvement, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, the municipality of Zonnebeke, the GPS1917 and the Legion Scotland (RBLS), with the support of the Flemish Government, organise, on 19 and 20 August, the themed weekend 'The Long Road to Passchendaele' in Zonnebeke. Figurehead of the weekend was Jimmy Speirs, former player of among others Glasgow Rangers and Bradford City, who fell during the Battle of Passchendaele.
On Saturday afternoon and Sunday, visitors could go for an experience tour on Scottish history at the Zonnebeke chateau grounds. Different Living History groups brought the story of the Celts, Vikings, Jacobites, WW1 and WW2. For these latter, the Passchendaele Battlefield Experience is reopened to the public. For the Passchendaele themed weekend in July, the MMP1917 transformed a 50m² terrain into the lunar landscape of 100 years ago. Saturday evening, international pipe and other bands bring an impressive music spectacle during the 'Passchendaele 1917 Tattoo'
. The ticket sales were a true success because since a few weeks the tattoo has been sold out. On Sunday afternoon, several Scottish activities such as Highland Games, birds of prey demonstrations, sheep herding, ... took place on the chateau grounds.
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