Largs is paying its respects as the important anniversary of the end of the Great War approaches later this year.

The flower bed decoration on the esplanade next to Greenock Road has a special commemoration as the town readies itself for a number of events to mark the centenary.

On Armistice Sunday, a festival of remembrance is taking place arranged by The Royal British Legion Scotland Largs branch.

Patrick Murphy, chairman of the Largs legion said: "It is going to be a very important weekend, specially with the 11th November falling on a Sunday. We have already spoken to Largs Churches Together about getting involved, and there will be an ecumenical service in which all the church ministers will be taking part, at the war memorial."

There will also be a wreath casting on the Cumbrae to Largs ferry in respect of those who were involved in the Merchant Navy, seafarers, and all who perished at sea during the world wars.

A meeting is taking place this month involving the Royal British Legion, churches, police and local groups such as the Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade later this month to co-ordinate the big day.

Mr Murphy, 60, said: "It will all start at 6am with a piper at the War Memorial playing a lament, something which is happening at memorials throughout the UK.

"We have a child who will be laying a wreath. We put out a request earlier this year for a child with family connections to the First World War to somebody serving to lay a wreath, and I am glad to say we have managed to find a few for the big occasion.

"For the first time this year, a small church service conducted by a minister will take place on the Cal Mac ferry for the laying of the wreath at sea.

"It is going to be a very big occasion for Largs with all the churches taking part in the parade along with community groups such as the BB and Girls Brigade, and there will be marquees up at the War Memorial so people can sit under cover for the special service which will last for 45 minutes."