Friday, 23 September 2011

Stirling’s famous monument set to mark a milestone

The 150th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone at Stirling’s National Wallace Monument is being marked this year by a series of special events at the famous landmark, which commemorates the Scottish patriot and martyr William Wallace.

On 24th June 1861 thousands of men, women and children travelled from all across Scotland for the ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the Monument, and 150 years later it stands as a testament to the high esteem in which William Wallace is still held.

Throughout the year, the Monument is presenting a programme of anniversary events, with presentations by costumed actors, guided walks, falconry displays, entertainment, and games and puzzles for children, meaning that there is something for everyone to enjoy. On the anniversary date (Friday 24th June) Victorian entertainers will recreate the atmosphere of bygone days, and every visitor will receive a special commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.

The programme concludes with special events and activities planned for 26th and 27th November 2011 (including free admission to all visitors on both days), to mark St. Andrew’s Day.

The setting of the Monument, just outside Scotland’s ancient capital city, and the significance of the story which it tells about Scotland’s turbulent past, means that it is always a popular choice for groups, for whom special discounted admission charges are available.

Further information on all events is available from The National Wallace Monument at (01786) 472140, or at www.nationalwallacemonument.com.

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