VIK­ING VIEW­ING

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Story of Wig Bay to be re­told

Wig Bay’s years as a vi­tal base for the fly­ing boats that hunted en­emy sub­marines are be­ing com­mem­o­rated in an art and en­vi­ron­ment pro­ject. The air­craft were scrapped long ago, the RAF camp near Stran­raer and its hang­ers have all but van­ished, and even those who were chil­dren in the war years have grown old. But Solway Firth Part­ner­ship has teamed up with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, en­vi­ron­men­tal art or­gan­i­sa­tion Wide Open, and artist Kenny Mackay, to pre­serve the story of this fas­ci­nat­ing piece of Scot­land’s his­tory. A former WW2 ob­ser­va­tion post has re­opened as a sus­tain­able tourism pro­ject with sound in­stal­la­tions and view­ing points along the coast. More than ten cen­turies af­ter be­ing buried in a field in Gal­loway, con­ser­va­tors have re­leased images that re­veal the con­tents of a pot of Vik­ing trea­sure for the first time. Al­though the ob­jects are not cur­rently on dis­play, a se­ries of images will give the pub­lic a chance to see the Vik­ing trea­sure for the first time, fol­low­ing a painstak­ing con­ser­va­tion pro­ject to re­move and con­serve the items, which date from 9th-10th cen­turies AD. www.his­toric-scot­land.gov.uk TO COM­MENT VISIT THE LINK TO FACE­BOOK OR TWIT­TER AT WWW.SCOTTISHFI­ELD.CO.UK

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