HSD poppy installation wins award

The High School of Dundee's poppy installation has won an award.

HSD poppy installation wins award

The display of more than 2,000 jute poppies which decorated the School pillars throughout November as the centrepiece of the School's WW1 centenary commemorations, was recently announced as the winner of Poppy Scotland's poppy display competition for Dundee.

Veterans George Robertson and James Cox, who helped judge the contest, visited the school to present the award to Rector Dr John Halliday.

Jute was chosen as the material for the poppies in recognition of its association with Dundee, and of the vital contribution of the city’s women to the war effort, with the fabric having been used within Dundee’s mills to manufacture the sandbags which lined the Allied trenches of the Western Front.

The School has been selling identical poppies in order to raise money for Poppy Scotland and to provide people with a chance to purchase a unique and lasting memento of the centenary anniversary.

The poppy display competition was open to all organisations and businesses in Dundee and Poppy Scotland volunteer Colin Maccoll hopes that next year's contest will attract even more entries.

He said, "The High School of Dundee was a very worthy winner with a stunning and poignant display. The whole point of the competition is to raise awareness and the School’s entry certainly did that. Well done to everyone involved.

“We intend to run the competition annually and would encourage other establishments within the city to enter the 2019 competition.”

You can buy jute poppies here.