Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s visit to Windsor (May 8 and 9, 2019).
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Councillor Frank Ross visited Windsor as a special guest of the Mayor of the Borough and the War Horse Memorial to cement ties of friendship, enjoy a civic reception at the historic Guildhall in the town and visit the national monument in Ascot and meet Poppy our War Horse for himself.
He told guests he was honoured to have been invited by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Paul Lion and explained: “I first learned of Poppy the War Horse when my office was approached by Alan and Susan to ask me to accept a bronze horseshoe on behalf of the good people of Scotland. We were told that Poppy had symbolically been created without horseshoes as these were to be gifted to the four capital cities of the UK to symbolise the service and sacrifice of the men and horses from all over Britain. We decided to incorporate the presentation into last year’s Riding of the Marches, which took place on September 16, and I accepted the bronze horseshoe in front of 20,000 spectators atop our historic Mercat Cross in Parliament Square. We now look to future partnership working to grow the Purple Poppy Appeal in Scotland, and to help secure further funding for the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, which this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the modern day re-enactment.”
Next morning, before visiting the Windsor Horse Show, he made a private visit to see Poppy the War Horse, in Ascot to lay a wreath of knitted purple poppies, made by volunteers and supporters from all over Scotland to remember the service and sacrifice of horses and men during the Great War.
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