Friends from a living history group spent a weekend in a recreated World War One trench to help raise hundreds of pounds for Poppyscotland…

The ‘Glasgow at War’ group lived, ate, worked, slept and patrolled in the trench like typical soldiers of the era – and raised £300 for the leading Armed Forces charity in the process.

Group member Stewart Crichton, from Baillieston, who was joined by his father Drew, Greg Woods, from Coatbridge, and Joe McMahon, from Partick, said: “Our group has portrayed the Great War in various guises for many years and done several different things to raise money over that time. This year we decided to spend a weekend in the trenches, at Digging In, in Glasgow’s Pollok Park.

“We began on the Saturday morning and stayed in the trench throughout the day and into the evening. We undertook routine tasks the soldiers would have done, including shaving, making food and tea, and repairing damaged uniforms. We also carried out the very realistic practise of getting some sleep during the daylight hours.

“The trench area was set up to be as lived in as possible, placing weapons, ammo boxes, supply crates and the like along the fire step. Our medic set up his aid post in the trench system’s dugout. At least one man kept watch at any given time, and we even simulated a patrol creeping through no-man’s land.”

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