The Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory is delighted to unveil flood gates with artwork featuring an inlaid ekki wooden carved poppy motif which have been re-installed at the Warriston Viaduct beside Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory today. The previous wood featuring the iconic “Scottish Poppy” has now been painted a vibrant poppy red. The gates, which form part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Water of Leith Flood Prevention scheme, were “adopted” by staff at the historic factory.
The Manager at the factory Major (Rtd) Charlie Pelling said: “We have agreed to take ownership of the gates as our continuing contribution to supporting the local community. This means that one of our factory employees has spent a great deal of time preparing and painting the poppy boards that fit into each flood gate adjacent to the factory entrance on Warriston Road.
“This has been a time consuming and skilful job, and we are absolutely delighted with the result. The gates look vibrant, enormously colourful and completely appropriate, and I believe they will become very popular with residents and visitors alike.”
The gates have been painstakingly painted by factory veteran, Donald MacLeod, ex-2nd Battalion Scots Guards, who has worked on this project since November 2017. Each gate consists of 12 individual boards which form one single gate.
The flood gates are part of the flood defences installed by the City of Edinburgh Council after the Water of Leith burst its banks on the evening of 26th-27th April 2000. The factory, along with many businesses and residential homes suffered catastrophic damage as a result of the flood. The factory lost in excess of 1 million poppies and many hundreds of wreaths which had been produced for use during the Poppy Appeal 2000. The factory commenced a programme of weekend working to ensure the targets for Appeal 2000 were met.
No rain in sight today in sunny Warriston! Introducing the Poppy Posers proudly showing off the Poppy Gates.