Bowls break-in

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A van­dal caused £1000 worth of dam­age af­ter break­ing in to a bowl­ing club.

An alarm went off at Cowie Bowl­ing Club on Sun­day, an hour af­ter it closed for the evening at 7.30pm.

A yob pulled the fire door from its hinges then broke se­cu­rity bars around the bar area. No items were taken in the raid but the club has now been left with a hefty re­pair bill.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 101.

The Wal­lace Mon­u­ment is to close for at least six weeks in the year it cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary.

Stir­ling District Tourism, who man­age and op­er­ate the mon­u­ment , say it will be shut from Fe­bru­ary 18 un­til April while part of a £500,000 re­fur­bish­ment scheme is car­ried out.

The pro­gramme of work will in­clude ex­te­rior re­fur­bish­ment to stonework, restora­tion of the bronze statue of Wil­liam Wal­lace which sits above the mon­u­ment’s en­trance and rede­vel­op­ment of the three in­te­rior ex­hi­bi­tion gal­leries.

A spokesman for SDT said the mon­u­ment would remain open­ing un­til Fe­bru­ary 18 when work on the in­te­rior was sched­uled to start. The date for the mon­u­ment’s re­open­ing in April is to fol­low.

A spokesman said the tim­ing of the work was de­ter­mined by the avail­abil­ity of fund­ing .

“It is be­ing car­ried out as soon as it could pos­si­bly be done ,” she added.

The mon­u­ment, which at­tracts more than 140,000 vis­i­tors a year, was de­signed by Glas­gow ar­chi­tect John Thomas Roc­head and con­structed be­tween 1861 and 1869 at a cost of £18,000.

A pro­gramme of events to high­light the mile­stone an­niver­sary was un­veiled this week. The an­niver­sary date will be marked on Septem­ber 11 with an evening spectacle en­ti­tled ‘Wal­lace 150.’ It will be fol­lowed by ‘Wal­lace Wha Hae!’, a com­mu­nity fes­ti­val in the grounds of Wal­lace High School on Septem­ber 14.

In the build-up to those dates , a pro­gramme of com­mem­o­ra­tive events will be held in­clud­ing a spring and au­tumn lec­ture se­ries

Happy birth­day mark an­niver­sary Wal­lace High pupils (left) Gavin McWhin­nie, Molly An­der­son and Sylvester Anker ready to

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