Hampden pitch covered in ‘memory’ quilts

Picture: Robert Perry
Picture: Robert Perry
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OVER 5,000 quilts have been laid out at Hampden Park to promote awareness of Alzheimers.

Alzheimer Scotland organised the event which saw the ‘memory jogging’ quilts, made by people with dementia, laid over the pitch.

The quilts convey the life experience of those who stitched them together with some being signed by Billy Connolly and Jackie Charlton.

The patchworks will be auctioned off to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland.

Speaking at the event, former Scotland boss Craig Brown related the event to the national side’s 1 - 0 win over Croatia in Zagreb.

Brown, who is a keen supporter of the initiative, said: “The idea of these quilts is that they are memory triggers, and that game last night will be a memory trigger for Scotland.

“When Scotland ever play a hard away game they can remember what happened in Zagreb.

“They used to use (the memory of) when we beat England at Wembley in a competitive game (in 1999).

“I think at the moment Croatia are ranked at least as high as England were at the time, therefore to relate it to this event, they should make a quilt of Snodgrass’ goal and, any time you see that, you remember.”