FINISHING touches were underway yesterday ahead of this year’s PoppyScotland appeal.
Veterans were on duty at the Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, where more than five million poppies and 10,000 wreaths are assembled.
Veterans including Colin Richard, Tony Hodkinson and Stewart Ballantyne helped out before the appeal is launched today.
The factory was founded in 1926 by Lady Haig, the wife of Field Marshall Haig. It originally employed men who had been disabled during the First World War, enabling them to make poppies for Scotland.
The factory moved to Warriston Road in 1965 and currently has a workforce of 40 former servicemen.
A spokesperson for PoppyScotland said: As well as street collections, there is a whole host of activity aimed at raising as much money as possible.
“Money raised during the Scottish Poppy Appeal is used to provide vital life-changing support to the Armed Forces community living in Scotland.”
Motorists in West Lothian may have spotted three giant poppies painted onto The Pyramids by the side of the M8 near Bathgate in support of the appeal