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Minisiter Visits Linlithgow Palace

21 February 2008

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, will visit Linlithgow Palace on Monday 25 February to see how it is managed as a focus for tourism, cultural education and community events.

The Minister’s visit will include a tour from a team of Primary 7 Junior Guides from Linlithgow Primary School. Taking visitors around the palace every summer, they dress in 16th century costume and provide guided tours for visitors and other children bringing to life what the Palace would have been like in the days of Mary Queen of Scots. The free service for visitors was introduced by a previous head teacher from Linlithgow Primary School. The guides are evidence of the schools commitment to local history and present day enterprise.

The Minister will also have the opportunity to admire one of the remaining glories of the Scottish Court, the Kings Fountain. The oldest surviving fountain in Britain, the elaborate Kings Fountain was commissioned by James V in 1537. It sits in the heart of Linlithgow Palace where it was once used as a centrepiece for special occasions. It is said that it flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the Palace in 1745.

Linda Fabiani said:

“Linlithgow Palace is such a fantastic demonstration of how our cultural heritage sits at the heart of tourism, community, enterprise and education. These strands brought together create a real hub for people to visit and locals to get involved in. Some features of Linlithgow Palace were originally built to demonstrate our comfort with mainland European culture. This continues in today’s Scotland; reaching out and welcoming others from all over the world strengthens our own communities.”

Invite to Photographers

Date: Monday, 25th February 2008
Time: 3.30pm
Place: Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow

Media representatives should meet at the car park to be met by Historic Scotland Head of Marketing and Policy Jenny Hess (mob. 07788 923 872)
Photo: Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Linda Fabiani MSP, meets local Junior Guides at Linlithgow Palace.

Notes for editors
·Linlithgow Palace attracts over 50,000 visitors each year. It plays an important role as part of Historic Scotland’s paid visitor attraction portfolio.
·Linlithgow Palace is a gold accredited as part of the VisitScotland green tourism business scheme.
·Linlithgow Palace is a four star VisitScotland quality assured visitor attraction.
·Historic Scotland cares for 345 splendid ·properties and sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.
·Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Paul Spence
Historic Scotland
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8731