As a special tribute to the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal, the sculpture, known locally as Ginger, will wear the iconic emblem until 11th November. The 3.5-metre sculpture created by Andy Scott sits in the heart of Greenock and will help to raise awareness of the campaign.
The theme of the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal is Donate like you mean it and Poppyscotland is aiming to raise as much money as possible so it can continue to support those in the Armed Forces community who need it most.
Poppyscotland’s Head of Fundraising Colin Flinn said: “It is fantastic to see Greenock’s most famous resident wearing a poppy. We very much value the support from the people of Inverclyde and I hope that when people see Ginger they will think about what the poppy means to them and continue to support us so that we can raise even more money to continue our life-changing work.”
Provost of Inverclyde, Robert Moran, said: “The support Poppyscotland offers to those who have served as well as their families across Scotland and here in Inverclyde is extremely important and I am delighted we are able to support this worthy cause in our own way. I hope when people see Ginger’s poppy they recognise its significance and go and pick up a poppy of their own.”
Also in Greenock, the Free French Memorial monument on Lyle Hill will be lit up in red every evening until 11th November.
Equus Clutha is the second of Andy Scott’s horse sculptures to wear its very own poppy. The 4.5-metre Heavy Horse next to the M8 at Baillieston has been displaying a poppy every November since 2011.
People can support the 2015 Appeal by taking a video or photo selfie using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans and sharing on social media then donating like they mean it by putting money in the poppy tins, texting POPPY to 70800 to give £3* or going online at www.poppyscotland.org.uk