The Black Watch Museum has been announced as the only Scottish venue to host a hugely popular ceramic poppy sculpture commemorating the Great War in 2016.

The installation attracted millions of people when first unveiled as part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower in London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War last year.

Each of the 888,246 poppies in the exhibition by 14-18 NOW commemorated a fallen First World War soldier.

It attracted more than four million people and at times forced the closure of the nearest underground station due to overcrowding.

The Weeping Window and Wave elements of the sculpture, which show more than 10,000 poppies cascading down from a window and curling up and round to form an arch, will be installed at The Black Watch Museum and Castle in Perth from June 30 until September 25, 2016.

Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW, said: "Weeping Window will be presented at the Black Watch Museum in Perth, which is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle.

"The Black Watch is Scotland's premier Highland regiment. They fought with great distinction throughout the First World War, reputedly earning from the Germans the nickname the Ladies from Hell on account of their kilts and fighting qualities."

The 2016 tour will take in Lincoln, Perth and Caernarfon in Wales.

Last week the UK Government confirmed 2.5m funding to pay for the tour to visit a further 12 locations after the 2016 tour but the venues have not yet been confirmed.

Liz Grant, Perth and Kinross provost, said: "I am delighted that The Black Watch Castle and Museum has been chosen as the only Scottish venue to host the spectacular Weeping Window sculpture in 2016.

"The Black Watch Castle and Museum represents an important part of the history of Perth and Kinross, and links to the sacrifice which so many soldiers and their families made to protect our country.

"I look forward to welcoming visitors to Perth next summer as they take the opportunity to view this significant piece of art and reflect on the brave men and women who we honour with pride."

The sculpture will be free to view.

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