Lanark history festival could be heading to Hamilton?

History Festival, Lanark racecourse'20/8/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison
History Festival, Lanark racecourse'20/8/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

LANARK is in severe danger of losing its second biggest public event of the year to Hamilton.

Fears are growing that the 2013 Scotland’s Festival of History, always held in the Royal Burgh since its inception almost a decade ago, will now be held at Chatelherault instead of Lanark Racecourse.

The news has prompted bitter comments that Hamilton is, once again, ‘poaching’ Lanark’s heritage; the historic Silver Bell was handed over to Hamilton Racecourse four years ago in what was described as a “stitch up” at a recent town Community Council meeting.

The loss too of the Festival, Lanark’s second biggest annual event after the Lanimers, could be a major blow to the Royal Burgh; the organisers claimed that it brought £450,000 a year to the South Lanarkshire economy, most of it to Clydesdale.

They also claimed that it promoted Lanark to 35 million people worldwide.

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