Re­mem­brance red

Cas­tle lights up in sup­port of Pop­pyscot­land

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS - Sharon Lip­trott

Thorn­hill res­i­dents are set to see red for Pop­pyscot­land this week­end.

Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle is glow­ing red ev­ery night this week­end in a pow­er­ful and vis­ual show of sup­port for the Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal which cul­mi­nates on Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

The Cas­tle owned by the Duke of Buc­cleuch, is join­ing a host of Scot­land’s most fa­mous build­ings, struc­tures and sculp­tures, in light­ing up to raise aware­ness for the an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Claire Oram, the cas­tle man­ager, said: “It’s an honour to sup­port this year’s Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal along­side so many other iconic Scot­tish land­marks.

“Drum­lan­rig is of­ten af­fec­tion­ately nick­named the ‘Pink Palace’ how­ever we are proud to trans­form the cas­tle for a short pe­riod – we hope that by light­ing up the cas­tle we’ll be help­ing raise the pro­file of the poppy cam­paign and sup­port those who have served in our Armed Forces.”

More than 30 iconic land­marks are tak­ing part in Light Up Red in­clud­ing Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, The Kelpies, and Scone Palace.

Gor­don Michie, head of fundrais­ing at Pop­pyscot­land, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see Scot­land light­ing up red once again for the Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal, and we’ve been blown away by the coun­try’s sup­port. We hope that when peo­ple see a won­der­ful iconic struc­ture like Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle glow­ing red over the re­mem­brance week­end they will think about the many ways they, too, can go the ex­tra mile in their sup­port for this year’s poppy ap­peal.”

He added: “Whether it’s putting a lit­tle bit more in the poppy tin, or do­ing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent to raise money, ev­ery penny helps us to of­fer life-chang­ing sup­port so we can be there when they call for backup.”

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