Rich pageantry of his­tory

The Herald - - OPINION -

I WILL not go into the de­bate on whether the Stone of Des­tiny (“The Stone of Des­tiny fin­der lob­bing di­rec­tions to the girls”, The Her­ald, Jan­uary 11, and Let­ters, Jan­uary 12) was stolen or repa­tri­ated. Suf­fice to say this event of April, 1951, caused a fris­son of ex­cite­ment in my home town of Ar­broath among the pop­u­lace and cer­tainly those of us still at school.

James Wishart, the cus­to­dian of the Abbey, was pro­pelled into the spot­light and an aunt of mine, a nextdoor neigh­bour, took to her bi­cy­cle to pro­claim to all and sundry the break­ing news as in­deed it was.

Later that year at the lo­cal town pageant that mainly fea­tured his­tor­i­cal events, a float from the Ar­broath Co-op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety en­acted with a tableau the re­turn of the Stone. Nei­ther Mr Wishart nor my aunt played them­selves among the fig­ures de­picted – their 15 min­utes of fame had passed. John Macnab, 175 Gra­hams­dyke Street, Lau­rieston, Falkirk.

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