The posters promote Athelstaneford, the birthplace of Scotland’s flag, which lies only 2 miles to the south of the Station. Provost Sheena Richardson said “Athelstaneford is one of East Lothian’s hidden gems, and the Trust is always looking for ways to raise awareness of the Flag Heritage Centre and to encourage more people to visit. These eye-catching posters are likely to generate considerable interest among regular train-users”.
ScotRail’s Public Affairs Manager, John Yellowlees, is equally delighted at the initiative. The eastbound waiting room dates from 1846, and as such is probably the oldest in Scotland. The building, which is listed, has just been restored for public use after many years locked up, and the posters will enhance and brighten the interior. The posters have also been introduced into the west-bound waiting room.
John Yellowlees commented “New Class 380 trains were introduced on the Edinburgh – North Berwick route on 11 June this year, and these trains now operate on all routes in East Lothian. The trains carry the new ScotRail livery based on a striking Saltire design, while stations such as Drem have also had Saltire-branded signs installed. There is therefore a linkage between ScotRail’s new Saltire branding, and the birthplace of the Saltire located nearby”.
Flag Trust Chairman, David Williamson, expressed his thanks to ScotRail and their staff, and also to graphic artist Scott Ballantyne who designed the posters. Who knows, in 50 years time these may be collectors’ items!