Published Date: 05 November 2008
A SPECIAL visitor arrived in town last week to celebrate the Antonine Wall’s newly-awarded World Heritage Status.
Professor David Breeze, who prepared the World Heritage Status bid, toured Kirkintilloch’s Peel Park.
The park is the site of one of several Roman forts which were built long the 63km length of the wall from Old Kilpatrick in the West to Bo’ness in the East.
East Dunbartonshire councillors and council officers, who worked in partnership with Historic Scotland and neighbouring councils on the successful joint bid to UNESCO, joined the professor on the tour.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “In East Dunbartonshire we are proud of our heritage and we were delighted to play our part in impressing the UNESCO judges to have the Antonine Wall given the coveted status of a World Heritage Site.
“We are honoured that Professor Breeze from Historic Scotland attended our local celebration and we will continue to work with him and other partners to capitalise on the opportunities that the Antonine Wall’s new status brings us.”
Professor Breeze, who has written a book about the Antonine Wall, said: “East Dunbartonshire and the Antonine Wall have joined a very special group as there are only 850 World Heritage Sites.
“We now have many opportunities for improving access to the Antonine Wall, but also international understanding, especially about citizenship in today’s world.”
The event also saw the launch of a new leaflet with a detailed map all about Peel Park, its history and landmarks, including the Victorian bandstand and the war memorial. Copies are available from the Auld Kirk Museum, William Patrick Library and other council buildings.