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Flashing Blades in Glasgow

by Duncan Lunan - 10:45 on 13 February 2016

 

 

Flashing Blades in Glasgow

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14274496.display

 

KEN SMITH / 00:11 Saturday 13 February 2016 / Opinion

 

IF only our forefathers had helicopters, life would have been so much easier. This is Sighthill Park in Glasgow in 1979 when the city's council had the rather quirky idea of building a stone circle in order to give the small park, created on wasteland near Springburn after the building of a nearby motorway, a bit of identity. The stones, up to seven feet tall and weighing two tons, were airlifted from a quarry in Kilsyth with the help of this Royal Navy Sea King helicopter. And it is not a haphazard circle - an astronomer was hired to line the stones up exactly to give lunar readings.

 

They were also cemented into place as the Glasgow Herald of the time diplomatically put it: "To discourage local enthusiasts from carrying out spontaneious alterations."

 

And then the council decided a couple of years ago that they wanted to move out. Who knew the vandals would be officialdom.

 

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