The Great Tapestry of Scotland could go on display in Linlithgow if local calls for its relocation are heeded.
William Ross of Friars Brae recently visited the world’s longest tapestry at the Scottish Parliament depicting an embroidered timeline of Scottish history, and he was so impressed he wants to see the artwork in the royal burgh.
He said: “Being an account of Scottish history many panels mentioned Linlithgow. What a coup for our ancient burgh if we could procure a permanent showplace for the tapestry in the proposed refurbished Victoria Hall!
‘‘Tourist numbers to the town would rocket and prosperity would return to the High Street. Linlithgow’s central location within Scotland and its strong association with Mary, Queen of Scots, provide a strong case for the tapestry’s final location.”
The Great Tapestry features St Michael’s Spire and Linlithgow’s Black Bitch tied to a tree on the loch’s island.
David Tait of Linlithgow’s Victoria Hall Trust was delighted at the idea adding: “From across the community, we have had great support for the project to bring the Victoria Hall site back to life.
‘‘This is an excellent suggestion for its future use which we in the Trust will take seriously and progress as we face the challenges ahead.”
Mr Ross took his idea to Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop.
She said: “The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a fantastic piece of work with several Linlithgow references. Although it would be great to have the whole tapestry in Linlithgow I understand that it might be toured in sections.
‘‘It is important to note that the Scottish Government cannot dictate the tour venues or where it will finally be displayed, that is a matter for the Tapestry Trust.
‘‘However as the local MSP, I am more than happy to make the case to the Tapestry Trust for Linlithgow.
“We would need a suitable site and while the Burgh Halls is an obvious venue, a refurbished Victoria Halls may be an option for the future.”