Stirling MP Alyn Smith has backed proposals to create a statue of Mary Queen of Scots right in the heart of Stirling.
Mr Smith met with Adam Innes from James Innes & Son Stonemasonry, based in Doune. Mr Innes presented his concept of the regal statue in miniature.
Mr Innes’ design of a life-and-a-half sized stone statue would cost an estimated £150,000. Commenting, Alyn Smith MP said:
“I think this is a wonderful idea, Stirling is at the heart of Mary Queen of Scots’ story, yet there isn’t a statue here to commemorate her. That should change, and this idea would do wonders for tourism and the overall interest in Stirling’s and Scotland’s rich history.
“Adam’s design looks great, and if some of the hurdles around planning can be teased out, I’ve no doubt in my mind that many people and organisations would want to help fund such an exciting project.”
Adam Innes added:
“It’s great to have Alyn’s backing, I’m excited about this project. There are too few statues of the women who have shaped our history, and it’s never been so important that we recognise that.
“I’ll be discussing these plans with planners in the coming weeks and hope to be in a position to start raising funds for it very soon.”