A SPECIAL event will take place at Ayr beach as part of Danny Boyle’s Armistice Day Commission.

The National theatre of Scotland will be part of ‘Pages of the Sea’ commissioned for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

Taking place on Sunday November 11, the filmmaker has invited members of the public to join him on beaches across the UK as a gesture of remembrance for men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

A large drawing will be created on the beach to resemble a portrait of a casualty from the war, designed by sand artists ‘Sand in Your Eye’ which will be washed away as the tide comes in.

The public have also been encouraged to take part by creating silhouettes of people in the sand to remember the individuals who lost their lives.

Boyle said: “Beaches are truly public spaces, where nobody rules other than the tide.

“They seem the perfect place to gather and say a final goodbye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or forever changed by the First World War.

“I'm inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made."

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre of Scotland, said: “The First World War had a devastating impact on Scotland, with tens of thousands of young lives lost and many more forever altered.

“Our nation has an enduring and emotive connection to the sea and our beautiful coastline has seen many come and go throughout history.

“Pages of the Sea will create an artistic tribute, both personal and communal, through art, words, pictures and stories, acknowledging all those who left our shores during WW1.”