Montrose artist creates accessible planters for Poppy Scotland

Liam Stewart with finished planter

In a heartfelt tribute to fallen heroes, Montrose Port Authority has unveiled two exquisite Remembrance Day planters, crafted with care by local artist Liam Stewart. These elegant additions, to be placed beside the Montrose Cenotaph at Hope Paton Park, serve as a testament to the town’s commitment to honouring the bravery and sacrifice of the Armed Forces.

Poppy Scotland Montrose, the official fundraising team for Poppyscotland, plays a vital role in supporting current and former military members, as well as their families. Despite the community’s best intentions, traditional practices of laying crosses and poppies in flower beds at ground level proved challenging, particularly for elderly and disabled individuals.

Liam Stewart drawing out the poppy wreath

In response, Montrose Port Authority, a staunch supporter of Poppyscotland’s initiatives, extended their unwavering support. “Montrose Port kindly offered to have the planters made to provide accessibility for laying crosses and poppies in remembrance of the fallen and past loved ones,” explained Poppyscotland Montrose Area Organiser, Ally Hutchison.

These thoughtfully designed planters, meticulously crafted by Liam Stewart, a seasoned blacksmith fabricator and local fine artist, encapsulate the essence of Remembrance Day. “I really loved creating these planters as it is for an absolutely good cause,” shared Liam, whose creative vision brought the concept to life.

Inspired by the iconic poppy wreath, Liam’s design embodies both elegance and functionality. His intricate drawings, brought to fruition through weeks of dedicated work, have resulted in two stunning planters. These creations, a fusion of artistry and accessibility, pay homage to the fallen while ensuring that everyone, including wheelchair users and the elderly, can participate in the act of remembrance with ease.

Liam Stewart cutting out the wreath design shape

Liam Stewart’s artistic talent extends beyond this heartfelt project; he is renowned locally for his fine art paintings and has left an indelible mark on the Angus area through his blacksmith fabrications, including the oversized red bench by Keptie Pond in Arbroath and the Queen Mother Memorial Gates at Glamis Castle.

Montrose Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Tom Hutchison, expressed his admiration for Liam’s work, stating, “Liam is a very talented artist, and we are amazed at the pieces he has fabricated over the years. These planters are such a fitting and elegant tribute, and we were honoured to donate them for installation at the Cenotaph.”

As the planters find their rightful place beside the Cenotaph at Hope Paton Park, Montrose Port Authority’s continuous support for initiatives like the ‘Light Up Red’ campaign and the annual Poppy Appeal underscores their unwavering commitment to the Armed Forces community. On Remembrance Day, these elegant planters stand as symbols of gratitude, reminding everyone to pause, reflect, and remember those who served and gave all. Lest we forget.

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