THE 2018 John Thomson primary school football tournament will take place on Sunday at Moorside Park, Cardenden, starting at 12.15pm.

The competition, in memory of the legendary Cardenden man who played for Celtic and Scotland and died tragically from injuries sustained in an Old Firm match Rangers' Ibrox Stadium in 1931, is a seven-a-side event for primary school aged children in the Cardenden and surrounding areas and will be kicked off by Provost Jim Leishman.

It is estimated by the Thomson Memorial Committee that over 100 children will take part and there will be catering facilities at Moorside for those wishing to attend at competitive prices.

The parade will be led by a piper from Moorside Park after the completion of the tournament for the presentation of trophies at Bowhill Centre starting at approximately 3pm.

Chairman of the Thomson Committee, Alex Burns MBE, said: "It is hoped that there will be a number of sporting personalities at the event including a player from Celtic FC, plus a number of ex-players and other high profile guests to present various trophies.

"There will be several Celtic Supporters Clubs represented who will act as judges for the various awards at Moorside."

After the presentation of trophies, wreaths will be laid at John Thomson's Graveside at Bowhill Cemetery with a lone piper in attendance to play a lament.

Wreaths will also be laid at the Monument at the cemetery in memory of the miners who lost their lives in the Bowhill Colliery Mining Disaster of October 1931 only one month after John Thomson died.

After the wreath laying ceremonies there will be a finger buffet and social afternoon in the Railway Tavern.