Harris schoolboy reads WW1 poem at Buckingham Palace

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Never Such Innocence, the charity set up to give children a voice in the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, brought more than 100 young people to London last week to attend a tea party at Buckingham Palace in their honour, hosted by Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. Hamish Scott from the Isle of Harris, aged 15, was one of those attending, and performed his poem on stage at the event.

The children were winners of an annual poetry, art and song competition, which was run by the charity over the past four years to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Hamish was reading his poem Scapa Flow, the winner of the Battle of Jutland category of the competition in 2015/16. He was just 12 when he wrote a poem for his local radio station for a centenary project. Since then Hamish has won three NSI competitions for his Gaelic poetry.

Hamish said: ‘Growing up in the Outer Hebrides, surrounded by the Gaelic culture, I was immersed in the songs and poetry telling of the Great War when the men left their families never to return.

‘After a while, it just felt right to put in my own contribution and it was NSI who really gave me that opportunity, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am especially happy that the Gaelic language has a place in this book, and I am privileged it’s some of my own poetry that fills this role.’

Hamish is also attending the Armistice Centenary Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Remembrance Sunday, November 11, on behalf of the Never Such Innocence charity.