A Glasgow school is set to light up red as a touching tribute to 177 former pupils whose lives were lost in the First and Second World Wars.  

Kelvinside Academy – a War Memorial Trust school with one of the biggest combined cadet forces (CCF) in the country – is taking part in the stunning visual nod as a mark of respect and to show its support for Poppyscotland.

Silhouettes of soldiers and poppies, designed by pupils, will add a poignant touch to the dramatic illuminated display, while handmade ornamental poppies – one for every former pupil whose life has been lost – have also been planted in the school grounds.

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Dan Wyatt, Rector of Kelvinside Academy, said: “Many of our ex-pupils fought and died during WWI and WWII. We are fortunate to have the commitment, creativity, knowledge and passion within our school to create such a unique and fitting tribute to them.”  

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S6 pupil Yayha Cathcart, regimental sergeant major and leader of Kelvinside Academy’s combined cadet force, added: “It has been more than 100 years since the Great War, but it’s a vital part of our country’s identity and our school’s history.

“We owe it to each and every person who served to remember, respect, and honour their sacrifice.

“Similar sacrifices continue to be made by men and women serving in the Armed Forces to this day and being part of the school’s CCF programme has really opened my eyes to the debt we owe them.”