Clan Hannay’s ancient seat, Sorbie Tower, Wigtownshire, will once again be the setting for an amazing display of 1,000s of hand-made crocheted and knitted poppies. Grateful thanks to many people near and far who made the poppies and made this display possible.
Visitors will be able to purchase one of these poppies on site and plant it in the poppy field in front of the Tower.
A mass of purple poppies will cascade down a window at the Tower to remember all the animals killed in WW1. (8 million horses from all sides were killed in WW1 and dogs, pigeons, cats, elephants and camels also had major roles.)
The purple poppies will be amongst thousands of red poppies coming from weeping windows on the Tower in remembrance of the fallen. Visitors will be met by images of a horse and soldier on the Sorbie Motte, with purple and red poppies denoting ‘We serve together’. Nearly fourteen thousand knitted, crochet and felt poppies have been made by local residents and many others as far away as the USA, Australia and rather poignantly – France.
There will also be a photographic exhibition showing the tasks that animals carried out serving alongside the military.
The Sorbie Tower Weeping Window Display and exhibition will be open Saturday 3rd November until Sunday 11th November 11am until 4pm. A special remembrance service will take place at the Tower on Sunday 11th at 4pm. The Tower will be floodlit on the Saturdays (3rd & 10th) from 7pm until 10pm but this will not include the animals in war exhibition.