Footballers deliver poppies so Scotland remembers




Footballers "distributing" poppies

Footballers "distributing" poppies



By Cara Sulieman

A MILITARY like operation got underway to distribute almost FIVE MILLION handmade poppies across the country last night in an effort to help raise funds for war veterans.

And it is hoped generous Scots will dig deep to help Poppy Scotland smash last year’s fundraising total of £2 million.

Players from SPL rivals Hearts and Hibs joined the volunteers at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh as boxes of the traditional red poppies started their long journey across the country.

The Scottish poppies – different from the English version because they have four petals and no leaf – were packed upon waiting vans to help people remember the sacrifice made by British service personnel.

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Members of the public given chance to be anti-terror agents

Kiefer_Sutherland_at_24_Redemption_premiere_1By Rory Reynolds

WANNABE anti-terror agents are being given the chance to be Scotland’s answer to 24-star Jack Bauer — in a new scheme being run by police.

Participants play the part of a Counter Terrorism Officer set in the high pressure aftermath of a devastating terrorist attack on Edinburgh.

And the new recruits will have to make life or death decisions on how to control the situation in the role playing exercise.

The bizarre events – the first of which took place last night at the City Chambers – involve actors playing police chiefs and top spooks who will brief the agents on the ongoing situation from large screens.

The scenario will be played out in real-time like the explosive US TV drama 24 – known for its staggering series body-count. Continue reading

New exhibition opens celebrating 100 years of polar exploration

David Hempleman-Adams

David Hempleman-Adams


By Cara Sulieman

AN EXHIBITION celebrating the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s journey to the South Pole opens tomorrow (Fri).

Photographs on display include those taken by Herbert George Ponting during the tragic expedition in 1910-13 and Frank Hurley’s snaps from Ernest Shackleton’s expedition in 1914-16.

Also on display are the flag given to Scott by Queen Alexandra in 1910, the Union Jack given to Shackleton by King George V and books from the Royal Library, including a copy of ‘Aurora Australis’, the first book to be printed in the Antarctic.

The show, being held at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, was opened by explorer David Hempleman-Adams who was the first man to reach the four geographical and magnetic poles.

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Man killed in horror A7 smash named by police

by Shaun Milne

A MAN killed in a horrific car crash which closed a road for seven hours has been named by police as Stuart Hutchison.

The 22-year-old, from Clovenfords in the Scottish Borders, died at the scene of the accident on the A7 road just three miles north of Stow near Galashiels after his car clipped a Land Rover before plunging down an embankment.L&B POLICE SIGN

Paramedics rushed to his aid shortly after 3.30pm on Wednesday but were unable to save the stricken driver.

The driver of the second car, who has not been named, was taken to hospital complaining of back pain.

Officers investigating the accident said it appeared the Borders man somehow lost control of his Renault Clio and collided with a black Land Rover Freelander. Continue reading