The Floral Clock on John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock, is joining a host of Scotland’s most famous buildings, structures and sculptures, in lighting up Poppy red to raise awareness for the annual fundraising campaign run by Poppyscotland. The much loved clock will glow red every night until 12th November in a powerful and visual show of support for the Scottish Poppy Appeal.
While the ‘Light Up Red’ campaign has been running for six years, 2017 has seen the most support yet with 30 iconic landmarks taking part to support this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.
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. As we have recently opened our new Welfare Centre in King Street, we are delighted to include Kilmarnock in our Lighting Up campaign this year.
“We hope that when people see a wonderful iconic structure like The Floral Clock 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.
“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.”
Provost Jim Todd, East Ayrshire Council, said: “Since we built the clock at the top of John Finnie Street, we’ve used the coloured lights to mark significant events and promote some very worthwhile causes.
“Remembrance of our fallen and support for those veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom is always high on our priority list in East Ayrshire. We hope the opening of the new Welfare Centre in King Street will bring tangible benefits to the Appeal and its beneficiaries, and turning our clock red is another way of highlighting our support. We wish the Appeal every success.”
Among the venues taking part is Ayr Racecourse, Edinburgh Airport, The Kelpies, The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Brodick Castle, Scone Palace, Glasgow Cathedral and Meldrum House Hotel.