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PERTHSHIRE POLITICIANS BACK BID FOR STONE OF DESTINY

Perthshire politicians Roseanna Cunningham MSP, John Swinney MSP and Pete Wishart MP have joined forces to back a bid for the Stone of Destiny’s return to the region, as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of Perth City Hall.

The Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia are seeking public views regarding the future of the Stone in August and September. They will consider a bid from Perth and Kinross Council for the Stone to form the centrepiece of Perth City Hall, which is to undergo a programme of extensive refurbishment.
 
The consultation, due to run for six weeks, will also consider a bid to keep the Stone at Edinburgh Castle.

Commenting, Ms Cunningham said:
 
“It is a very welcome opportunity that has been opened up for the Stone of Destiny to return to its origins in Perthshire. I fully support the proposal to site the Stone in Perth City Hall and would encourage my constituents to respond positively to the consultation. We need a strong message that the Stone of Destiny should return to Perth.”

John Swinney MSP said:
 
“I am grateful that the Commissioners are willing to consider the very compelling case for returning the Stone of Destiny to Perthshire. The Stone of Destiny is widely regarded to have been quarried from Perthshire stone, and was used for the coronation of the Kings of Scotland at Scone for many years. It is therefore highly appropriate that the Stone should return to Perthshire.
 
“The arguments for returning the Stone to Perthshire are not just historical, but also logistical. Perth is within 90 minutes' travel time for over 70% of Scotland’s population, and is therefore ideally located to capitalise on the desire of both Scots and tourists to visit the Stone.
 
“When the Stone was proposed to be moved from Westminster to Edinburgh Castle in 1996, I campaigned for its return to Perthshire. I am therefore delighted that a significant step has been taken towards achieving this goal, and I am sure that the entire region will get behind this campaign.
 
Pete Wishart MP added:
 
“It is welcome news that consideration is now being given to the Stone of Destiny returning to its ancestral home at the heart of Scotland. I have long supported and championed the claim that Perthshire is the right location for this critically important historical artefact.
 
“I will be submitting my own view to the consultation strongly in favour of Perthshire’s claim and would encourage those like-minded to do the same.” 
 
NOTE:

The online consultation can be accessed here.

 

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