Report highlights ‘Weeping Window’ benefit for Orkney

The St Magnus Cathedral featuring the ceramic poppy display earlier this year. (www.theorcadianphotos.co.uk)

Around 9,000 people visited Kirkwall last year specifically to see the Weeping Window poppy display at St Magnus Cathedral.

That’s according to a report from 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary.

During the time the sculpture was in Orkney, there were a total of 43,446 visits to the cathedral at an average of 7,241 visits a week.

The final nine days alone attracted 14,404 visits.

The report estimates that the poppies – which were on display from April 22 until June 12, 2016 – generated around £2m additional spend for the Orkney economy.

The report also concludes that visitors were motivated by both the historical and artistic elements of the work.

Nearly a third visited to commemorate and learn more about the First World War, whilst over half of those who visited did so because they considered it a major exhibition happening in the county.

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