Somme whistle marks centenary of battle
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A two minute silence and vigil marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

A two minute silence has marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

A vigil was held at Scotland's National War Memorial to honour the Scots who took part in the offensive.

The silence ended with the sound of a whistle, blown by Alan Hamilton, which was used by his great uncle to signal the start of the first assault, at 07:30 on the morning of 1 July 1916.

Other events are taking place across the country to commemorate the fallen.

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