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Shotts youngsters learn about the role of Salvation Army's 'doughnut girls' during First World War

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In the run-up to Remembrance Day, children in Shotts paid their respects to members of the Armed Forces who died in conflict, while learning about the Salvation Army’s involvement with troops during the WWI.The youngsters who attend the Kids Alive after-school club in the town place crafted poppies into their planters as they remembered the human cost of war.They also learned about how the Salvation Army cared for soldiers during the the First World War, when the organisation provided refreshment huts in military camps as well as ambulances, and often worked in field hospitals.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Shotts Salvation Army Captain Amy-Jo Battersby, said: “In particular they were learning about the “doughnut lassies” who would travel to give the soldiers a doughnut and hot chocolate when they came back from the front line.“We brought along our mobile cantine and the children were able to come and look around it, and serve up and enjoy doughnuts and hot chocolate from the hatch.“We also held a minute’s silence as they placed crafted poppies into their planter.”The Kids Alive club welcomes children along on a Wednesday after school for fun and games and dinner too.

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