Bute Businesses Taking Part in WW1 Commemoration Event

Armistice Day is always marked in a respectful way across the island, with the main ceremony taking place at the Cenotaph in Rothesay town centre.  This year that Cenotaph is being lit up red to commemorate the100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War.

And many public buildings and businesses have taken up the call to light up red to mark the Anniversary.


Mount Stuart House – which acted as a Naval Hospital during WW1, with the Marchioness of Bute at the time trained to act as a nurse.  You can read more here about the Hospital and here to see what Christmas was like in the hospital, from the Archivist at Mount Stuart.

Rothesay Castle is also taking part – changing its floodlighting to scarlet

The island’s Glenburn Hotel is also lighting up red in support of the Commemorations.  With its high seafront vantage point, its red frontage will be seen across the Clyde.  Likewise Palm Court has changed its floodlighting to red to mark the occasion.

Rothesay Pavilion which is undergoing renovations at the moment is also taking part. Despite the building itself being mostly hidden, the contractors were keen to be involved in the project and their floodlit efforts are included in our gallery too.

Joining the gallery today is Appletree Nursery who changed all their outside lighing to red, to support the Commemorations.

Even businesses who do not have floodlighting, including The Taverna Bar, which is already painted the most glorious shade of red, are keen to be involved and their poppy display is our featured image on this post.  Nadia’s Hairdressers, has lit up their salon windows red as has Fyne Homes, George Hanson and The Ardyne Hotel.

Other businesses, currently not pictured, are also supporting the project:

Isle of Bute Discovery Centre 
Chandlers Hotel
Rothesay Joint Campus

We hope to have images from as many participants as possible as the light-up takes effect.

100th Anniversary Commemorative Display at Rothesay Library

There will also be a cascade of knitted and crocheted poppies placed on each of the island’s war

Pulpit at the High Kirk @M Alexander

memorials.  These will not be put in place until the night before the Armistice Day Commemorations and we will include images in our gallery.

Local man Colin Fulcher decided to promote the Poppy Appeal’s request for buildings to light up and he is thrilled by the island’s response:

Colin said, on Facebook:  ‘It has been amazing. More venues have now committed to get involved, 12 in total will now light up red over the next few days.  Proud tribute from our amazing Island, well done all!”




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