Castle and airport tower go red for Poppy Appeal

Strictly Come Dancing contestant and tennis coach Judy Murray, officially launches the 2014 Scottish Poppy Appeal. Pic: HEMEDIA
Strictly Come Dancing contestant and tennis coach Judy Murray, officially launches the 2014 Scottish Poppy Appeal. Pic: HEMEDIA
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EDINBURGH Castle and the airport’s control tower are among the landmarks to turn red in support of this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The appeal was launched today by Judy Murray who was happy to take time out from rehearsing for Strictly Come Dancing to return to Scotland and join the annual fundraising drive.

She met Royal Navy Lt Commander Billy Adams, his wife Cheryl and their daughter Megan at Stirling Castle to promote the campaign.

They each adorned a poppy and even held up poppy umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain.

Ms Murray said she was “very proud” to be involved in the campaign.

“My dad served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, one of my grandfathers was in the Royal Engineers and my other grandfather was in the RAF - they were obviously in the First World War - so I have very strong links in that sense,” she said.

“I’m very, very proud to be asked to launch the poppy appeal. I went to a fundraiser last year in Glasgow and listened to the stories of a number of people who had lost wives or husbands or sons or daughters in conflicts.”

Poppyscotland, the charity that organises the appeal, uses the money raised to provide support to Armed Forces, personnel, veterans and their families.

Programmes include employment support, home adaptions and specialist advice.

The appeal runs until November 11 and a number of Scottish landmarks like the airport, Edinburgh Castle and The Kelpies will be lit up in red over the next two weeks to support the campaign. The appeal is particularly poignant this year as the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is marked.