AN open invite has been issued for the people of Peeblesshire to follow in the footsteps of World War One POWs.

On the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday (November 11) a special commemorative walk and ceremony will be held on the site of prisoner of war works camp near Stobo.

As war raged across much of Europe and beyond between 1914 and 1918 German prisoners were regularly transported back to the UK.

One of the largest POW camps in the country was created at Stobs near Hawick, leading to several satellite camps around the Borders also being built.

In woodland near Dawyck a commemorative stone marks the spot where up to 120 POWs were based along with guards and officers.

They were were mainly used as forestry labourers felling timber and working at nearby sawmills.

Commonly known as either German Hill Wood or Lour, the camp opened in July 1916 and was operational through to May, 1919.

Next Sunday a ceremony of reconciliation and peace will take place at the commemorative stone.

The Rev Calum Macdougall from Peebles will be joined by the Rev Tony Foley, locum at Stobo and Drumzelier, and the Rev Verena Jantzen, who is pastor the German-speaking congregations in Scotland, to conduct the ceremony.

The Rev Macdougall told us: "The theme of the afternoon ceremony at the camp site will be reconciliation and thanksgiving for peace.

"It is hoped that people from throughout Peeblesshire will join us on this special day of Remembrance."

A walk to the memorial stone will start from Stobo Village Hall at 2.30pm, along the former railway embankment and farm track to the site of the POW camp.

Following the 15-minute ceremony the party shall return to Stobo Village Hall for refreshments.

Everyone is welcome to attend.