Cam­paign launched for Wil­liam Wal­lace na­tional hol­i­day

Sur­vey: Tourist at­trac­tion claims poll shows sup­port for day to cel­e­brate life of Scot­land’s Brave­heart

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Graeme mur­ray

An Ed­in­burgh tourist at­trac­tion is to launch a cam­paign to in­tro­duce a new na­tional hol­i­day to Wil­liam Wal­lace.

Re­search by the Ed­in­burgh Dun­geon found the ma­jor­ity of Scots (72%), would sup­port a day to cel­e­brate Wil­liam Wal­lace with 42% declar­ing him “the bravest Scot ever”.

More than a third of peo­ple who took part in the study (38%) also say they have more of an affin­ity with Wal­lace than St An­drew.

A to­tal of 500 peo­ple across Scot­land over 16 took part in the sur­vey which was con­ducted on­line by Cen­suswide be­tween June 8 and 11.

The Ed­in­burgh Dun­geon will launch a cam­paign for a new na­tional hol­i­day to mark Scot­land’s Brave­heart.

A week-long se­ries of cam­paign­ing and pe­ti­tion­ing will be held in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions with Scots en­cour­aged to rally together and #Votewal­lace.

Poll sta­tions, horse­back tan­noys and Wal­lace’s army march are planned to mo­bilise vot­ers, cul­mi­nat­ing with the launch of the at­trac­tion’s sea­sonal sum­mer show, Brave­heart’s Re­venge, on June 29.

Ed­ward Evans, Ed­in­burgh Dun­geon gen­eral man­ager, said: “The re­sults of our sur­vey speak for them­selves; the Scot­tish pub­lic have loudly de­clared their pride in Wil­liam Wal­lace and agree that he should be hon­oured with his very own na­tional hol­i­day.

“Wal­lace res­onates with mod­ern Scots much more than St An­drew, and there is cur­rently no na­tional hol­i­day or cel­e­bra­tion of his life.

“We firmly be­lieve we can all show our pride and pas­sion for this great Scot by com­ing together to #Votewal­lace and calling for him to be re­mem­bered in this way.”

Gary Ste­wart, So­ci­ety of Wil­liam Wal­lace con­vener, said: “A hol­i­day for a Na­tional Wal­lace Day is a fan­tas­tic idea and we at the so­ci­ety com­pletely sup­port this.

“A na­tional day for our na­tional hero would be a fit­ting tribute to what Wal­lace achieved for Scot­land.”

Votes will be taken via so­cial me­dia polls @Ed­indun­geon for the Na­tional Wal­lace Day to take place an­nu­ally on Au­gust 23, the date of Wal­lace’s ex­e­cu­tion.

““Wal­lace res­onates with mod­ern Scots much more than St An­drew, and there is cur­rently no na­tional hol­i­day or cel­e­bra­tion of his life. ED­WARD EVANS OF ED­IN­BURGH DUN­GEON

Pic­ture: Getty Images.

Tribute to Brave­heart – The Wal­lace Mon­u­ment near Stir­ling.

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