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Emma Seith zooms in on Poppy Scotland's finalists

Emma Seith zooms in on Poppy Scotland's finalists

A film about the brave actions of Gorbals man and Victoria Cross winner, Private James Stokes, by St Brigid's Primary in Glasgow, is through to the final of Poppy Scotland's film-making competition, along with the entries from three other schools.

The winning teams will now have the opportunity to work with a professional film crew, their movies will be posted online and the public will get the chance to vote for the overall winner.

In 2011, to celebrate 90 years of the poppy, Poppy Scotland launched a competition with schools called Moving Stories. It invited primary and secondary schools to create a storyboard, script or completed short film that represented their thoughts on the theme "90 years of the poppy - then and now. 1921-2011".

The four films and schools through to the final are For Our Tomorrow by All Saints Secondary in Glasgow; 90 Years of the Poppy by Knightswood Primary in Glasgow; James Stokes VC by St Brigid's Primary in Glasgow; and Walter Sinclair Smith by Dunoon Grammar in Argyll.

The Glasgow schools worked on the project as part of the council's Determined to Make Movies scheme, which has been running since 2007 and allows dozens of schools access to movie-making training and equipment every year.

James Stokes was a member of the leading section of a platoon pinned down by heavy fire from a farm building in Germany on March 1, 1945. On more than one occasion, he dashed through enemy fire to clear a path for his platoon, thereby saving them from suffering heavy casualties. However, his bravery led to his death.

Several schools received special commendations for their entries: Duncanrig Secondary in South Lanarkshire for We Remember; Hillhead High in Glasgow for The Poppy; Kinlochbervie High in Highland for 90 Years On; Linburn Academy in Glasgow for Christmas at Flanders Fields; New Pitsligo and St John's Primary in Aberdeenshire for 90 years of the Poppy - Then and Now. 1921-2011; and St Paul's (Whiteinch) Primary in Glasgow for Remembrance.

www.poppyscotland.org.uk.

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