Fund-raisers’ Dryburgh Abbey ceremonies

A group of big-hearted bikers took part in wreath laying ceremonies at the grave of Field Marshal Earl Haig at Dryburgh Abbey as part of a fundraising effort to raise �60,000 for Poppyscotland.
A group of big-hearted bikers took part in wreath laying ceremonies at the grave of Field Marshal Earl Haig at Dryburgh Abbey as part of a fundraising effort to raise �60,000 for Poppyscotland.

A group of big-hearted bikers took part in wreath-laying ceremonies at the grave of Field Marshal Earl Haig at Dryburgh Abbey as part of a fundraising effort to raise £60,000 for Poppyscotland, while also commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and their motorcycle riders association, The Widows Sons Scotland, are touring 31 cenotaphs and memorials over eight weekends as the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War approaches.

Supporting the latest leg of the nation-wide tour were the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, with Freemasons from The Lodge of Ercildoune No.1119 providing hospitality.

Around Scotland, other notable pitstops include the Stone of Remembrance at Edinburgh City Chambers, Kilwinning, the Queen Victoria School in Dunblane and the war memorial in Kirkwall, Orkney, before finishing up in Dumbarton on September 29.

The bikers hope their travels will raise £60,000 for Poppyscotland, with the money used to provide tailored support and funding to hundreds of veterans in need.

Gordon Michie, head of fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The money raised by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and their motorcycle association Widows Sons Scotland will improve lives in the armed forces community.

“It will fund a specialised employment service so that disabled veterans can get support to find suitable, sustainable employment, or allow us to undertake major home adaptations, enabling a seriously-disabled veteran to remain in the comfort and safety of their own home.”