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As a special tribute to the fallen f WW1, twenty-seven beaches around the United Kingdom have been transformed to reveal portraits in the sand of soldiers and persons involved in the war effort who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Each location ‘adopted’ one person special to that community. Ayr, Scotland adopted Walter Tull the first black officer to be commissioned into the British Army.

Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney, a group of islands which are situated to the North of the Scottish mainland. Reflecting Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage, the name Kirkwall is probably derived from the Old Norse Kirkju Vagr meaning ‘Church Bay’. Orkney was ceded to Scotland from Norway as part of a royal marriage settlement on 20 February 1472, Islanders are very conscious of their Scandinavian heritage, which is reflected in local place names and dialect.

The Broch of Gurness, is located on the N.E. coast of Mainland Orkney which is the principal island forming part of an archipelago off Scotland’s N.E. coast. A broch is, usually, a tall, conical-shaped tower with concentric circular walls. The structures date from the Iron Age ( 800 BC-AD43) and are unique to Scotland with the majority  of the 500 structures spread throughout northern and western Scotland and the islands.