Stone of Des­tiny guardians visit Perth City Hall

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STONE of Des­tiny guardians have been urged to re­turn the an­cient trea­sure to Perth.

The case to re­claim the fa­mous corona­tion stone was made t o Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers dur­ing a tour of its prospec­tive City Hall home.

A del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing the Com­mis­sion­ers of the Re­galia — the group re­spon­si­ble for the stone’s safe-keep­ing — made a fact-find­ing mis­sion to the Fair City to hear how the arte­fact could be­come the cen­tre­piece of a £20 mil­lion new arts hub.

The com­mis­sion­ers — whose membership in­cludes First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon — are be­ing asked to move the arte­fact from its dis­play at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle.

Coun­cil pa­pers have re­vealed a team from the pro­to­col and hon­ours unit vis­ited Perth “to view the City Hall site and emerg­ing de­signs”.

The coun­cil has also, along­side Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross, sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for nearly £5m of Her­itage Lot­tery Fund money.

If all goes to plan, con­struc­tion work could be­gin in April 2019 and will con­tinue for nearly two years.

Charles Kin­noull, chair­man of Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross, said: “The re­de­vel­op­ment of City Hall is mak­ing good progress.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see all the par­ties i nvolved work­ing to­wards a com­mon goal of mak­ing it not only an ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tion, but a cor­ner­stone of Perth’s cul­tural trans­for­ma­tion.”

In her re­port to coun­cil­lors, head of cul­ture and pub­lic ser­vice re­form Fiona Robert­son said: “City Hall will show­case the story of Perth’s an­cient roots and its role in the birth of the Scot­tish na­tion.

“The Stone of Des­tiny, for which the coun­cil has sub­mit­ted a for­mal loan re­quest, is viewed as cen­tral to this.”

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