Wilfred Owen in Edinburgh – centenary celebrations

Welcome to Owen's nephew by Lord Provost

Lord Provost welcomes to Edinburgh Peter Owen, nephew of Wilfred Owen. David Clarke, as Wilfred Owen, looks on.

It was a privilege to play a small part in wonderful event on the 26th June to mark the centenary of the arrival in Edinburgh in June 1917 of Wilfred Owen, a young soldier who would become perhaps the best known of the WW1 war poets. The event was a re-enactment of his first morning in Edinburgh, as described in a letter to his mother. Owen was played by David Clarke. He stepped off the Caledonian Sleeper from London just after 7am, accompanied by Peter Owen, the poet’s nephew.
After a welcome by the Lord Provost and a tune on the Wilfred Owen violin by Thoren Ferguson, I read a poem at the station war memorial. We then processed along Princes Street with pipers to the west end and returned for ‘a hearty breakfast’ at the Balmoral Hotel (formerly the ‘North British’). This was followed by a reception by the Lord Provost.