Glenfinnan viaduct lit red for Armistice Day

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Harry Potter’s iconic Glenfinnan viaduct, which featured in the films as the Hogwarts Express passed over it, lit up red on the night of Wednesday, 11 November as a tribute to all those who have lost their lives in defence of the country.

The 21-arch Victorian viaduct turned red between 19:00 and 21:00 as the nation marked the 102nd anniversary of Armistice Day.

Lighting up Glenfinnan viaduct also paid tribute to the role the West Highland Line played in WWII – transporting thousands of service personnel from Britain, and nations across occupied Europe, to commando training centres located in the north west of Scotland.

While the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of traditional remembrance services at Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley, Scotland’s two busiest stations observed the two minutes silence at 11:00 on the morning of 11 November.

Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, said: “The railway played a key role in both world wars, helping to move personnel and materials around the country and each year our major stations fall silent on November 11 as we remember the sacrifices made for the freedom we all enjoy today.

“This year we have seen an Armistice Day like no other and, with large events no longer appropriate, we still wanted to pay a public tribute by lighting up Glenfinnan viaduct, with its global profile and links to World War Two.”

Gordon Michie, head of fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “To have such an iconic structure join more than 120 other landmarks across Scotland as part of our Light Up Red initiative is wonderful.

“The Glenfinnan viaduct is one of the most recognisable places in the country. To have it bathed in poppy red is an amazing tribute to the fallen and will also help shine a light on the challenges that so many in our Armed Forces community still face today. Our sincere thanks go to Network Rail for their continued support.

“As this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal reaches its conclusion, we hope this will remind the public that the need to support our veterans does not end today. The work of Poppyscotland continues all year round and, with their continued support, we can show our Armed Forces community that we are behind them, always.”

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