The Remembrance jersey and commemorative Matchday Programme produced by Hearts will take pride of place in the Town Hall in Contalmaison following a recent pilgrimage to the French village by a group of supporters.

The unique top, worn by the team in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park earlier this month, features the Cairn erected in memory of McCrae's Battalion.


The special edition of the programme, which had a Remembrance theme throughout, was produced for the home game against Celtic on November 10.

The 11-strong travelling party, which was based in Arras, presented both items to the mayor of Contalmaison, Madame Leroy.

"We spent the time visiting historic sites around Arras before visiting the cairn at Contalmaison," said Dougie Masterton.

"We met with the Mayor, Madame Leroy, and we presented her with a commemorative strip supplied by the club.

"The top will be framed and placed in the town hall along with the rest of the strips they have. We also laid wreaths on behalf of Hearts and various clubs from the Federation.

"We then visited Bell's redoubt which is just south of Contalmaison, in memory of Donald Bell VC before driving a few miles to the Welsh memorial at Mametz wood. We also spent a bit of time at the Lochnagar crater.

"It was a moving trip for everyone, particularly for those who had never been before."

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