£10k paves way for Marches route

100613  Linlithgow bridge, new boundary stone.
100613 Linlithgow bridge, new boundary stone.
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Linlithgow Civic Trust has bagged a £9900 Heritage 
Lottery Fund grant to create a 21st century way of checking the town’s traditional 

The Perambulation of the Marches project is one of the first in the UK to receive a Sharing Heritage Grant from the Lottery fund, which will fund most of the £13,000 cost of creating a new heritage walking route with footpath improvements, new march stones and interpretation boards around Linlithgow.

Ron Smith, chairman of the Civic Trust sub-group promoting the project, said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started.

‘‘We are really keen to showcase the heritage of our Royal Burgh and this will give the chance for everyone to take part in celebrating it, complementing the more traditional ‘Riding of the Marches’ celebrations.”

Linlithgow Civic Trust aims to promote the town’s heritage for residents and visitors, and this project will involve working with other local organisations such as the Deacons Court, Linlithgow Ramblers, the Fraternity of Dyers, Linlithgow Business Association, and the Linlithgow Union Canal Society to provide an interesting heritage walk that can be enjoyed at any time.

Match funding has also been agreed from the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Town Management Group, Linlithgow Civic Trust and other town organisations to make the project a reality.

The route will also be publicised by a new leaflet and a smartphone ‘app’, taking in most of the town’s main historical and landscape features, and will bring some of the lesser-known areas to greater public attention.

The local groups have 
already organised the first annual ‘Perambulation of the Marches’ event for Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to 
offer this grant so that the 
Perambulation of Linlithgow’s Marches can allow many to embark on a real journey of discovery.

“Heritage means such 
different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has invested over £500 million in Scotland’s heritage.