28 April 2020
Every household in Glasgow is being encouraged to display a version of the city’s famous ‘People Make Glasgow’ brand.
Glaswegians are being invited to create a unique citywide display thanking all the key workers keeping vital services across the city running during lockdown.
They can either make their own versions or the established artwork is available to download as a poster to colour in or customise to make the window displays.
Download a pdf poster to colour in here
The displays will highlight Glasgow’s community mindedness and the shared resolve people are showing by adopting physical distancing measures to protect key workers and each other.
Social media users are being asked to include the hashtags #stayhome and #peoplemakeglasgow when sharing their displays on social media.
Launched in 2013, the People Make Glasgow brand was described at the time as a “bold, friendly, confident” statement that evokes “a real sense of pride”.
Widely recognised and liked by locals and visitors alike, it has been praised for placing the city’s best asset – its people – at its heart.
Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor David McDonald, said: “Glasgow’s people have always been at the heart of this great city and Glaswegians have responded brilliantly to the Coronavirus crisis by staying home, restricting their movements and looking out for more vulnerable neighbours.
“The People Make Glasgow window display campaign is designed to celebrate the spirit of resourcefulness, generosity and kindness that personifies this city, and to express solidarity with our frontline workers and each other during this difficult period.
“At a time when most Glasgow Life services are being delivered remotely due to the lockdown and facilities are temporarily closed, we hope this initiative will help spark creative engagement and enjoyment while people are at home.
“As demonstrated by the hugely popular rainbows campaign, there are no limits to the ways people might respond to this challenge, and I think we can look forward to some very imaginative displays that reflect Glaswegians’ shared affection for their city, as well as showing their love and care for their neighbours, their communities and our hard-working frontline workers.”
Six year old Scarlett Shaw, has already made her own version which she showed key workers at Springburn Fire Station and Springburn Ambulance Centre on Monday while out with her family for her daily exercise.
Alan Cragie, Scottish Ambulance Service Area Service Manager North Glasgow, said: “It has been wonderful to see all the messages of support from the public, from rainbows as we drive past to colourful painted stones left outside. We have appreciated every single gesture and The People Make Glasgow window campaign is a great idea to keep the spirits of all our key workers of Glasgow up, whilst keeping the public safe at home. We want to thank Scarlett for her fantastic picture and we will be hanging it with pride in the window of our station."’
Roddie Keith, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Local Senior Officer for Glasgow, said: “It’s fantastic to see the community coming together and The People Make Glasgow campaign is a great way to keep spirits up during this time. We were delighted to accept the poster young Scarlett made and handed into Springburn Fire Station during her daily exercise and we are proud to be able to display this at our station. We want to thank Scarlett and her mum for their generosity and everyone in the local area who joins in when we clap for key workers and carers on a Thursday night.’