Pupils meet veterans on trip to the Poppy Centre

Posted: 10/11/2014 | Education

Pupils from class 7 at the Royal Blind School recently went on an educational visit to Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh as part of a project on Remembrance. Here, their teacher Ms Young gives an account of the day...

Pupils meet veterans on a trip to the Lady Haig Poppy CentreWhen we arrived at the Factory we were met by Arthur, one of the many veterans who work there, and our guide for the rest of our visit. 

Arthur showed us some of the machinery that is used to make the poppies and the boxes they are delivered in. We helped to cut and fold the cardboard to make the boxes. We also learned how to use the machine that cuts the poppy shapes out of big rolls of red paper to make lapel poppies.

We then saw a different cutting machine that was used to cut out the bigger silk poppies that are used to make wreaths. After we looked at all the machinery, we had a coffee break on the shop floor just like the veterans who work there. After our break we had work to do!

When we arranged our visit we asked if we would be able to make a wreath to take along to the Remembrance Garden at the Linburn Centre for the Scottish War Blinded. So, after our coffee break, we got to work making our poppy wreath with Arthur. We were so pleased when we saw that they had made an insert for our wreath with our school badge. We all helped to make the wreath by first assembling the silk poppies and then placing them on the wreath. We were a great team and made a very special wreath. Arthur also let us each make our own lapel poppy to keep.

We really enjoyed our visit to The Poppy Factory!

Making a remembrance wreath at the Poppy FactoryLearning how to make poppies at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory