Celebrating 50th anniversary of kirk’s crown

50th anniversary of controversial Kirk's crown
50th anniversary of controversial Kirk's crown
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Lord Steel of Aikwood, whose father was the prime mover behind the Crown of Thorns sculpture at St Michael’s Parish Church, will be one of the speakers at a special event to mark the crown’s 50th anniversary.

The Rev Dr David Steel was minister at St Michael’s in 1964 when the sculpture was commissioned. He was strongly of the view that each century should add its own contribution to a historic building like St Michael’s.

Not everyone agreed. Local MP Tam Dalyell was one who had his reservations, and still has.

Church member Jean Long, who is organising an exhibition to be on show in St Michael’s over the next few weeks said that a special event in the church this Sunday evening would mark the start of celebrations.

In addition to the contribution from Lord Steel there will be speakers from organisations in the town who had adopted the Crown as part of their own logos. “These will include the Folk Festival Association, Burgh Beautiful and Linlithgow Primary School,” she said.

The exhibition will also feature some photographs from David Henderson, one of the senior elders, who worked at Muirhead’s sawmill where the crown, made of wood covered with aluminium, was constructed.