Gretna munitions factory grant

A youth theatre in Langholm has been given £10,000 by the heritage lottery fund to explore the history of the first world war's largest munitions factory in Gretna.

First World War remembered in Gretna

Next year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, and work to mark that centenary starts in Gretna and Eastriggs tonight.

Young people there are beginning an arts and theatre project to help remember the conflict, and the impact it had on the area.

There is little evidence of it now, but during the Great War 20,000 munitions workers made explosives in huge factories in south-west Scotland.

Matthew Taylor reports:

£10k grant to explore history of Gretna munitions factory

Workers in the old munitions factory Credit: ITV News Border

A youth theatre in Langholm has been given £10,000 by the heritage lottery fund to explore the history of the first world war's largest munitions factory in Gretna.

Central Stage theatre received the money to commemorate the war's centenary next year.

Commenting on the award, project facilitator Chris Jones, said:

"It's great that we have been awarded this grant and we can't wait to get started.

"The people who worked in this area made an immense contribution to the First World War effort and I believe the area is unique in the UK as much of what was built nearly 100 years ago is still in use today.

"We are all really excited working with the local community to shape the story and sharing the heritage and history together."

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