Sea of poppies planned for Remembrance Day

A sea of poppies is set to be planted at Castle Douglas’ war memorial.

Remembrance Day commemorations will be rather different this year due to the current coronavirus restrictions.

But, to ensure the important date isn’t forgotten, talented local crafters have handmade stunning poppies to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Scotland.

They are available from Panache on King Street in the town and also through the Coronavirus Community Help Castle Douglas page. They can then be planted at the town’s war memorial.

Meanwhile, the council is asking people to support this year’s Poppy Scotland appeal by making donations online and putting a poppy in their window in the weeks running up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

The council’s Armed Forces champion, Archie Dryburgh, said: “Every year we see that people across Dumfries and Galloway support the Poppy Scotland Appeal and the appeal want to thank you for your continued support.

“However, this year because of Covid-19 this will be much harder to raise funds for this charity.

“In my role as both Armed Forces Champion for Dumfries and Galloway Council and as an area secretary for Legion Scotland, I am very aware of the significant increase in the needs of our veterans and ex-service community not only in Dumfries and Galloway but also across Scotland.

“I am therefore asking our communities across Dumfries and Galloway to show your appreciation and help us not to forget, by displaying your poppy and by
making a small pledge to Poppy Scotland.

“I know that the people of Dumfries and Galloway will support this year’s appeal and for that we are all very grateful.”

Donations to the appeal can be made online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ao-gretna.

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