Saturday, 26 December 2009



Scotland could mark her cultural successes with a Hollywood style walk of fame.

South of Scotland MSP, Aileen Campbell, has today called for the establishment of a ‘Scottish Walk of Fame’ to celebrate Scottish success in arts, culture and around the world.

Such a celebration could see Scots artists and cultural stars from Lulu to John Byrne, Robbie Coltrane to Irvine Welsh or Brian Cox and Alan Cumming honoured on our streets.

Ms Campbell, a member of the Parliament’s Culture Committee has written to Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and Jim Mather, Minister for Tourism, as well as Historic Scotland and Visit Scotland, suggesting the idea.

Commenting, Ms Campbell said:

“Scotland has made a huge contribution to the world and it is only right that we celebrate the success Scots have achieved at home and abroad.

“A ‘Scottish Walk of Fame’ could showcase these sons and daughters of Scotland and create an amazing cultural map of our country.

“Plaques could be placed around Scotland on buildings or streets in places of significance to the recipient, or gathered on the major streets of Scotland’s towns and city’s like the Royal Mile or Sauchiehall Street. Just like the walk of fame in Hollywood.

“We have many locations that have produced numerous great cultural and artistic stars – Glasgow’s School or Art or the RSAMD, Traverse Theatre or the Barrowlands or some of the bars and clubs where traditional stars have made their names like the Ceilidh place in Ullapool, or Eden Court in Inverness. Whether venues where our stars have made their breakthroughs, or the bars and café’s they have haunted there is much that would make a great cultural trail through Scotland and inspire Scotland’s next generation to seek the same success as their idols.

“I have written to the Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop and Tourism Minister, Jim Mather, asking them to consdier the idea and also, both Historic and Visit Scotland, asking what their views are and what benefits it could bring.”

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