Stone of Destiny guardians visit Perth City Hall
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.”