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Pupils visit Lady Haig’s poppy factory

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, junior pupils visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh to learn more about its history and understand its important wartime contribution.

Pupils enjoyed a guided tour of the factory from ex-service women and men who explained the production process and how it supports the work of leading armed forces charity, Poppyscotland. Boys also had hands-on experience as they helped make their own wreath which they took great pride in producing.

juniors Poppy visit

Niamh Waldron, Head of Juniors at Merchiston, said: “Merchiston Castle offers pupils a variety of outdoor activities and co-curricular events as we understand how important they are in enhancing academic success. This visit supports this, and it was an extremely memorable trip for the boys who were fascinated by the stories from ex-military personnel.
“We’d like to thank the team at Lady Haig’s Poppy factory for welcoming us and being so generous with their time. We were extremely grateful, and indeed honoured, to be able to visit and we look forward to continuing this relationship with the charity.”

A Remembrance Garden was recently installed on the grounds of Merchiston Castle and the boys will place the wreath they made during the factory visit here on Sunday 11 November.

Jennifer McNaught