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A Century of Housing Homeless Heroes

27 Oct 2010

The Centenary Bas-Relief by Billy Teasdale

To mark centenary of SVR   (Scotland’s oldest ex-Service charity) Alex Neil, the Housing and Communities Minister,  unveiled a specially commissioned bas-relief sculpture at Whitefoord House in Edinburgh’s Canongate. The sculpture by Glasgow based artist Billy Teasdale is a moving depiction of the conflicts fought by SVR’s residents over the past 100 years from the Boer War to Afghanistan; how proud, strong and determined service people can become isolated and destitute; and how they find comfort and support with SVR.

The unveiling was preceded by a Service of Thanksgiving at Canongate Kirk attended by many of the residents, the Lord Provost of both Edinburgh and Dundee and senior members of the Armed Forces in Scotland including Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster, Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Brigadier George Lowder, Commander 51 (Scottish) Brigade.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said:  “This sculpture provides a lasting tribute to all our veterans for their selfless duty to this country. We are eternally in their debt. “The Scottish Veterans’ Residences offers a lifeline to all these heroes at a time in their lives when they can be at their most vulnerable. It helps veterans access services which are adaptable, responsive and which meets their needs.”  

Billy Teasdale BA (Hons) is a full time artist and teacher.  Born in 1978, he was educated in Orkney and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2004.  He is a winner of the Royal Scottish Academy Benno Schotz Prize for Sculpture.

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