SENIOR Labour figures have welcomed the announcement that the Roman Antonine Wall – which runs from Bo’ness to Old Kilpatrick – has gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The campaign for international recognition was spearheaded by the previous Labour-led Scottish Executive, with the backing of Labour figures across central Scotland and UK Labour Government.
Party activists are delighted at the success of the bid.
Des Browne MP, Labour’s Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “The Antonine Wall’s inscription on the World Heritage List is no mean achievement and one which is richly deserved. It has been the result of much hard work since the UK government launched the bid in 2003 and all those involved, from local authorities to the heritage organisations which manage the site can be justly proud of the international accolade.”
Labour’s Member of Parliament for Bo’ness, Michael Connarty, said: “I look forward to seeing the Antonine Wall at last on the maps as the Northern boundary of the Roman Empire and congratulate Falkirk Council’s Heritage Committee Chair Adrian Mahoney and Falkirk Council. It has been a pleasure to have campaigned with them to win this recognition.”
Labour MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce, added: “This is very good news for Falkirk, where we’re all immensely proud of having a key part of such an important historical feature.”
Labour’s Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said she was “thrilled” at the announcement.
She said: “The UK’s heritage – both natural and man-made – is a fantastic national asset. It is the number one reason overseas visitors cite for coming here, and a priceless educational resource. I am thrilled that the Antonine Wall has been recognised by the World Heritage Committee for its international importance – and I look forward to it taking its rightful place alongside so many other icons of our civilisation around the globe.”