I first visited the Castle and Museum a few years ago when a friend and I came for coffee to the Copper Beech Café. I then came on my own, a few weeks later, and visited the Museum.
I found out about being a poppy volunteer while I was looking for work. When I read the informationI became interested in becoming one. I obtained an application form and became a Friend of the Black Watch Museum at the same time.
I do not have any connections myself to The Black Watch other than being Perth born and bred. However, I do have an interest in history both militarily and generally and being a volunteer in a museum was an opportunity not to miss.
As a fluent German speaker and a competent French speaker I enjoy taking the opportunity to practise these languages with German and French speakers when they arrive. It also means I get to know a bit more about them.
I was doing a Poppy Partner shift at the car park when I heard the German accent. I spoke to the couple in German. When they came back out they asked me quite a few questions, they perhaps felt their English was not quite good enough to ask what they wanted. They asked a few things about Scotland’s history, about Scotland’s history, Edinburgh and places they could visit in Scotland.
John Deuchars | Poppy Partner