Lothian honours remembrance day with new poppy bus

Lothian has unveiled a striking new design for its annual 'Poppy Bus' to mark Remembrance Day 2018.
Lothian has unveiled a striking new design for its annual 'Poppy Bus' to mark Remembrance Day 2018.

Lothian Buses has unveiled a striking new design for its annual ‘Poppy Bus’ to mark Remembrance Day 2018.

This year’s design is high impact featuring a modern pattern of bright red poppies set against an all-white background. It will run on various routes throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians during November.

Veteran Lothian Drivers Paul Carlisle, John Adams and David McKenzie with the poppy bus.

Veteran Lothian Drivers Paul Carlisle, John Adams and David McKenzie with the poppy bus.

The bus was unveiled to the public last Thursday (November 1) as part of the Edinburgh Poppy Day event at St Andrew Square and will once again return to the Field of Remembrance to mark the two-minute silence on November 11. To make the occasion extra special, Lothian invited former service personnel who now work for the company to attend.

Gordon Michie, head of fundraising at Poppyscotland said: “This is especially significant year for the Scottish poppy appeal given that it coincides with the centenary of the end of the First World War. Lothian Buses has helped us mark this milestone in spectacular style with their beautiful bus wrap.

“We thank them for this and for all of the other ways in which they support Poppyscotland throughout the year.”

As well as the specially created ‘Poppy Bus’, the company will also fundraise internally by making poppies and remembrance garden crosses available for sale internally to its staff. The company also introduced a specially designed Veteran tie which drivers with military backgrounds can wear as a mark of respect on Armistice Day and Armed Forces Day.

Richard Hall, Lothian’s managing director, said: “Lothian are proud to have many employees across our business who currently serve in the reserves or are ex-armed forces personnel and the Poppyscotland appeal is close to the hearts of both our staff and our customers.

“We are delighted to once again partner the charity with activity running throughout the month of November. In this special centenary year, we hope that our Poppy Bus will prove popular with our customers and represent a fitting tribute for those who have given service to our country.”