Famous folk on bridge to nowhere

25 Oct 2012

Steel figures of famous people with links to Glasgow are to be placed on a new walking and cycling route linking the city's west end to Central Station.

Billy Connolly, Rikki Fulton and Lulu are in the running to have statues erected in their honour in their home city.

Only three spaces are available and others on the shortlist include independent MSP Margo MacDonald, artist Alasdair Gray, boxer Jim Watt, union leader Jimmy Reid and television presenter Tom Weir.

Sir Thomas Lipton, the creator of the Lipton tea brand, inventor James Watt, Marion Gilchrist, the first woman to gain a medical degree, and John Craig, a community activist from the Anderston area, make up the list of nominees.

Bike charity Sustrans, which received £50m from the Big Lottery Fund in 2007 to extend its National Cycle Network across the UK, is building a portrait bench along the new route, which will feature three lifesize 2D figures of the heroes.

The scheme is part of the project to complete Glasgow's Bridge to Nowhere, which has been left high and dry for 40 years.

The bridge, built over the M8 in the 1970s, was intended to link Anderston to the city centre but was not finished by the developer and ends in mid-air over the Mariott Hotel car park.

The £1.3 million completion of the bridge will link Kelvingrove Park to Central Station, creating a new route for pedestrians and cyclists.

Source: The Herald - Bid to select stars



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