IT IS one of Scotland’s most historic landmarks but most passers-by are in the dark about the importance of Stirling Bridge on the outskirts of Stirling.
This could be set to change thanks to a unique partnership between The Guardians of Scotland Trust (GOST), a Stirling-based charity working to enhance the area around the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge and building services company, the FES Group.
Last night as dusk fell, representatives from The FES Group, which is based in Stirling and works across the UK, began the a series of tests on new lighting designs at Old Stirling Bridge.
GOST project manager Kathleen O’Neill said: “FES has generously offered to support the Trust with support in-kind with lighting requirements and so last night (Monday 29th February), stakeholders from the Trust, Stirling Council and Historic Environment Scotland met at the site to see what FES would propose for new lighting designs for Stirling Bridge.
“The key to the designs is modernisation and GOST is considering lighting possibilities with Historic Environment Scotland. The interested parties will discuss ideas for designs at a later date with Stirling Council.
“The main aim here is to enhance this world famous site as a visitor attraction.”
GOST chair, Councillor Fergus Wood said: “This very generous offer by FES will allow us to light the Old Bridge. It will greatly enhance the existing Stirling illuminations at the Castle and the Wallace Monument.
“We are delighted at the immense support and interest of FES and we are hoping more local businesses will step forward to support GOST’s aims over coming months.”
Duncan Fletcher, Managing Director of the FES Group said “The FES Group of companies is a family owned and managed business, established by my father in Stirling in 1963. The GOST project is an opportunity for us to continue our involvement in local community based initiatives in the Stirling area where we have been working for more than 50 years. This project will not only serve as a reminder of Stirling’s rich heritage to the local residents, but also enhance the City as a top tourist destination.”
The Trust aims to enhance the site at Stirling Bridge by funding the creation of a commemorative artwork and to establish an education programme about Andrew de Moray and William Wallace.
“FES are proud to be supporting the great work of the Guardians of Scotland Trust. ”This is an exciting opportunity for FES to participate in the project and support GOST in promoting the history of this hugely significant part of Stirling.”Duncan Fletcher, Managing Director of the FES Group