John Swinney MSP visits Bud

Photo: Mark Owens/Poppyscotland

Scotland

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Tours New Armed Forces Charity Initiative

John Swinney MSP visited Poppyscotland's 'Bud'. The interactive learning initiative has taken to the streets of Scotland.

John Swinney MSP visits Bud

Photo: Mark Owens/Poppyscotland

John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, was at St Augustine’s High School in Edinburgh for a tour of Poppyscotland's new mobile learning facility. 

18-tonne purpose-built truck 'Bud' has taken to the streets of Scotland to teach communities about the importance of remembrance and the heritage of the poppy.

John Swinney MSP visits Bud

Photo: Mark Owens/Poppyscotland

Mr Swinney said,

"I really have to compliment Poppyscotland on the creation of an absolutely outstanding, engaging facility for young people in our schools and also for our communities."

Poppyscotland is an Armed Forces charity that works with those still serving, ex-service men and women, as well as their families in their times of need. 'Bud' will travel around Scotland with interactive displays and stories of veterans, to help keep the importance of the poppy alive. 

Picture: Mark Owens/Poppyscotland

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS Scotland's Jim Gellatly speaking to John Swinney, Head Teacher Michael McGee and Poppyscotland Chief Executive Mark Bibbey. (Warning: contains Flash Photography)