Bus company honours the armed forces

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Buses have been bedecked in poppies as operator First Glasgow got behind this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The company has kitted out its vehicles with a large poppy to encourage employees and customers to honour armed service who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

First Glasgow has employed many former service-personnel, such as Wendy Findlay, from Stepps, a former army officer who worked for almost 20 years as an engineer, repairing armoured military vehicles.

She said: “I think it’s very important for a big company like First to show some support for the Scottish Poppy Appeal at a local level. Our poppy initiative is an effective way of achieving that.”
Former private in the Queen’s Own Highlanders and First bus driver Alex McGuiness said: “My family and colleagues actively support all those serving, and who have served, in the armed forces. It’s great to see our buses fitted with a poppy, I know it will be appreciated by many of our customers.”

Poppyscotland’s Fraser Bedwell welcomed the bus company’s initiative. He said: “It’s great that First Glasgow is supporting the 2013 Scottish Poppy Appeal by fitting special poppies to its buses. I’m sure First’s customers will be pleased to see the company supporting a cause that means so much to so many people.”

Former armed forces personnel who currently work with First are being encouraged to wear their own military decorations to work.

The yearly appeal is Poppyscotland’s largest fundraising event and money raised goes towards providing support to ex-servicemen, women and their families.