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Unforgettable Stories is a stunning collection of 90 images of people from all over Scotland, taken by renowned photographers Trevor and Faye Yerbury. The display includes images of serving soldiers, veterans and supporters of the charity, with a wide cross-section of individuals featured – from those with a close affinity to the Appeal, to those with little or no connection. Alongside each photo is a card, with a hand-written description of what the poppy means to each person. Some descriptions are detailed accounts of how the poppy has helped people adjust back from military to civilian life, whilst others are simple, heartfelt messages of support.
Perth resident and Scottish Poppy Appeal volunteer Danny Cochrane is featured in the exhibition and officially opened the exhibition today, along with St John’s Shopping Centre staff.
Danny said: “I was very pleased to be invited to take part in the exhibition. I am an ex-Serviceman and I also volunteer for Poppyscotland so the Scottish Poppy Appeal is a cause close to my heart. The images are stunning and many of the accompanying messages are very poignant. I would encourage people to see the exhibition to understand the impact that the poppy makes on thousands of lives across Scotland.”
St John’s Shopping Centre Administrator Claire McDiarmid said: “We’re delighted to be able to accommodate Poppyscotland in the Shopping Centre. The window of one of our large units is the perfect canvas for such an exhibition and we’re proud to be able do our bit to raise awareness of such a worthwhile cause.”
The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Poppyscotland’s largest fundraising event and money raised is used to provide vital support to ex-Servicemen, women and their families, a growing number of whom suffer as a result of physical, psychological or financial problems as they try to adjust to life outside the Armed Forces.
Unforgettable Stories will be at St John’s Shopping Centre from 29th October to 11th November 2012.