KILWINNING Abbey will be lit up in red this Remembrance Day to commemorate 100 years of the Poppy Appeal.

As well as the light event hosted by Kilwinning Heritage, the 900 year old building will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the service of duty by offering night time tours to the roof of the tower on November 11, as well as hosting a photography competition.

Organiser Craig McLellan at Kilwinning Heritage told the Times: “This is the first time we’ve ever done it, and most of the response has been quite positive.

“We’ve got folk helping us and we’ve got a few volunteers from the British Legion coming too, they’re also celebrating their 100 year anniversary and are excited that there will be an event in Kilwinning for it.

“It’s important, and it will be good for people getting into the Abbey and promoting Kilwinning.

“It will be a really good event as well as a good cause to get behind.”

The photography competition will include three categories: Primary School Age, Secondary School Age and an amateur photographer competition, with separate prizes for each category, including a £20 Amazon voucher.

One raw photo of either the Kilwinning Abbey event on November 11 or another place in Kilwinning that can be “lit up red” will be declared the winner by the judges.

“The photography competition is an incentive to get people on the site for the night.” Craig continued.

“We’ll be doing tours of the roof for the first time - it’s a totally different experience at night compared to the day.

“It’s all about getting folk involved in the abbey and it’s a really good thing to get behind, we’re trying to encourage more ownership of the grounds to get folk in and enjoy the place.”

The Light Up Red event will take place at 7pm on Thursday, November 11.

For more information search “Light Up Red - Kilwinning Abbey” on Facebook.