Academy class visits poppy factory for Remembrance

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The Lady Haig Poppy Factory played host to pupils from Banchory Academy last week thanks to the creative writing genius of classmate Sabrina.

Sabrina Pirie (12) was awarded top prize in Aberdeenshire Council’s annual Summer Reading Challenge with her imaginative tale featuring vampires, black cats and travelling back and forwards in time earlier this year.

Her literary success won her class a trip to visit Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, where Scotland’s poppies and wreaths are hand-assembled by veterans with disabilities - and the class vist couldn’t have come at a better (or busier) time.

Colin Flinn, head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We were delighted to host Sabrina and her classmates at the Factory. Encouraging young people to learn about Remembrance and the relevance of the poppy today is an important part of our work, particularly as we mark the centenary of the First World War.

“In the lead-up to the most important weekend in our calendar, there is no better time to visit the factory to see first-hand how Scotland’s poppies are made.”

Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory employs 40 veterans with disabilities who hand-assemble five million poppies and 10,000 wreaths every year.

The theme for this year’s reading challenge, supported by TOTAL E&P UK and now in its 14th year, was ‘Travel through time with a good book’.

The theme was chosen to tie in with historical events including the centenary of the First World War.