31 Oct ICONIC GROUSE STATUE GETS A POPPYSCOTLAND MAKEOVER AHEAD OF REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Talented Crieff artist June McEwan went to great heights for Poppyscotland when she joined forces with The Famous Grouse Experience this week.
The fearless fundraiser ascended 20 feet on a cherrypicker to crown the grouse statue, which is situated outside Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery, with a striking poppy hat.
The eye-catching accessory was specially commissioned by The Famous Grouse Experience to highlight the ongoing contribution of the armed forces in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
June, who is a prominent member of Crieff Remembers, a community organisation formed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1, based her design on the traditional military caps and bonnets of that era. A cluster of knitted poppies on the top – along with a poppy embellishment on the Grouse’s breast – completed the design.
John Laurie, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, also announced that the visitor attraction would be offering free Distillery and Tasting Experience tours for serving and retired military personnel during the month of November.
John Laurie said: “As well as hosting our annual Poppyscotland collection, staff at The Famous Grouse Experience wanted to do something special to give back to the brave men and women who serve, or have served, in our armed forces.”
June McEwan said: “I was honoured to be commissioned to create this artwork and I hope that it reminds visitors to The Famous Grouse Experience of the sacrifices of the brave men and women who served in our armed forces, both then and now.
“It’s not often that I have to use a cherrypicker to put the finishing touches to my artwork, but I am happy with the finished design. I was inspired by photographer of WW1 soldiers and wanted to create something that was both eyecatching and respectful.”
Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at The Famous Grouse Experience for their support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and for going the extra mile for us this year, which means that members of the Armed Forces community can continue to receive the vital services that they rely on.”
Poppyscotland supports ex-servicemen and women and their families, providing life-changing support for the Armed Forces community. The charity helps at times of crisis and need, offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.
John Laurie also accepted a cheque on behalf of PoppyScotland from David Agnew, owner of Valentines In Crieff. The well-known store raised £110 by selling Wilma Linklater’s specially designed tweed fabric poppies during last year’s Crieff Arts Festival.
David Agnew said: “I am delighted to hand over this cheque on behalf of Valentines and the Crieff Arts Festival. These quirky poppies proved such a big hit with our customers that we are planning to do the same this year.”