P7 PUPILS at Christie Park were given a private history lesson last week - inside a mini poppy factory.

The youngsters were invited on board Poppyscotland’s “Bud” vehicle, which transforms from an 18-tonne truck into a mobile community space including a micro museum with interactive learning opportunities.

Pupils learned about veterans’ stories, as well as the history of the poppy, and why it has become a a symbol of unity and hope.

Mark Bibbey, Poppyscotland chief executive, said: “At the heart of every poppy is someone’s emotions, opinions and stories, and that’s why we created Bud. This is not about imposing a particular view on visitors; quite the opposite in fact.

“Through contemporary conversations about the poppy and our heritage, we hope to better understand the significance of remembrance and its importance to society. We aim to challenge assumptions and create conversations, and, ultimately, engage with a more diverse audience.

“Bud will play an important role in exploring the history of remembrance, through the eyes of veterans and ex-service men and women. It will be an absolute privilege to travel the length and breadth of the country.”

Bud is set to visit all 32 local authority areas in Scotland over the course of the next three years.

More than 50,000 Scots are expected to engage with it over the course of the campaign.