Perthshire Advertiser

ON THE MOVE The stone is

Perthshire Advertiser campaign at the forefront of push for iconic relic’s return

- DOUGLAS DICKIE

It was taken from Perthshire 724 years ago, but the Stone of Destiny is now set to return to the region.

The iconic relic will become the centrepiec­e of a new £26.5 million museum at Perth City Hall after the Commission­ers for the Safeguardi­ng of the Regalia made the decision on behalf of the Queen that it should be moved from Edinburgh Castle.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is one of the four commission­ers, revealed the decision on Wednesday - just two days before the 70th anniversar­y of the stone being stolen from Westminste­r Abbey by a group of students.

The news was a much-needed earlier Christmas present for the region after a tough year.

Over 1800 responses were received as part of a consultati­on into the future of the stone last year, with threequart­ers of those giving a preference wanting the artefact moved to Perth.

Among them was the submission from the Perthshire Advertiser. Our It Is Our Destiny campaign received support from the likes of Hollywood star Ewan McGregor and cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Other local bodies who made representa­tions were the likes of Aberfeldy Community

Council, Perth Racecourse and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.

Answering a parliament­ary question on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon said: “In addition to the public engagement exercise, the commission­ers undertook comprehens­ive scrutiny of both proposals.

“Following due considerat­ion, the commission­ers were satisfied that the proposals for Perth City Hall gave full and proper regard to the need to ensure the security and conservati­on of the stone, its accessibil­ity to the general public and that it would be displayed in a manner in keeping with such an important cultural artefact.

“The commission­ers also concluded that there would be considerab­le merit in relocating the stone to assist with the ongoing regenerati­on of Perth.”

The stone, which is believed to have been quarried in Perthshire was used for the coronation of the ancient Scottish kings at Scone Palace.

It was taken to England by Edward I and was used in the coronation of English monarchs, and then the

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It’s coming home How the Stone of Destiny will be presented at Perth City Hall
Regenerati­on The Perth City Hall project is set to cost £26.5 million It’s coming home How the Stone of Destiny will be presented at Perth City Hall
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 ??  ?? Delighted Murray Lyle, who backed the PA’s It Is Our Destiny campaign
Delighted Murray Lyle, who backed the PA’s It Is Our Destiny campaign

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