Walk this way to mark engineer's anniversary


WALK in the footsteps of Thomas Telford later this month to celebrate the anniversary of his birth.

Thomas Telford was born 260 years ago on August 9 at Jamestown in the parish of Westerkirk.

He went to school at Bentpath and the patronage of families such as the Johnstones of Westerhall and the Pasleys of the Craig enabled him to become one of our most famous engineers and the founder of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

The Westerkirk Parish Library Trust is marking this anniversary by organising a walk from Jamestown to the hall at Bentpath on Saturday, August 12 when tea will be served by the Westerkirk WRI.

A bus will take walkers up the Glendinning valley to start the walk, leaving the hall at 1.15pm.

The Library trustees hope that Julian Glover, author of the book Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain will be joining the walkers. He is certainly intending to come along if he can.

The walk is a nice gentle five and half miles on quiet roads with beautiful scenery.

Anyone interested in receiving more details or wishing to register for the walk can email Mairi Telford Jammeh on mairijammeh@hotmail.com

There is a small charge for the walk to cover transport and for the tea and cakes afterwards.

Westerkirk Library will also be open that afternoon from 1pm and there will be an exhibition by artist Cathy van Hoppe.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:08AM
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