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Aberdeenshire encouraged to Light Up Red for poppy's centenary

By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire landmarks, tourist destinations and business properties are being encouraged to Light Up Red to mark 100 years of the poppy as the national symbol of remembrance.

Poppyscotland is calling for mass involvement from schools, universities, council buildings, monuments, statues and other attractions during the period leading up to Remembrance Sunday from Friday, October 22 to Sunday, November 14.

Any building with external lighting can take part simply by adding red gel filters to flood or up-lights to help the charity commemorate the centenary.

Previous participants have included the Gordon Highlanders Museum and Robert Gordon’s College.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum has been lit up in red during past poppy appeals.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum has been lit up in red during past poppy appeals.

Three million poppies, which are all handmade by veterans at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, began their journey to cities, towns and villages across the country last month, ahead of the 2021 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

To celebrate the 100-year milestone, around half a million special-edition centenary poppies have also been produced.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal is the largest annual charity street collection in Scotland and raises more than £2 million each year.

The money raised from it and year-round fundraising enables Poppyscotland to support members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, and mobility.

With last year’s appeal being badly impacted by the pandemic, the centenary takes on an even greater significance.

Head of fundraising and learning at Poppyscotland Gordon Michie said: “The last 18 months have been a very difficult time for us as a charity, and even more so for the Armed Forces community we support.

"The pandemic halted all our major fundraising events and we had to drastically change the way in which we reached out to the public for donations.

"Despite this we have still provided our vital, life-changing support uninterrupted throughout the pandemic.

“The support of local businesses and national landmarks has been fantastic over many years, and we’re eager to hear from other locations that would like to join us in paying tribute to Scotland’s Armed Forces community.

"To see the country light up red during the remembrance period will be even more poignant as, 100 years on, the Poppy Appeal remains as important now as it ever has been.”

For more information about how to Light Up Red for Poppyscotland and the 2021 Scottish Poppy Appeal, visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/light-up-red

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