Stars align in bid to save magical stone circle from being bulldozed

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SPIRITED efforts to save a unique tribute to the stones and the stars in North Glasgow are gathering pace – with thousands pledging support.

Sighthill Stone Circle is the first astronomically-aligned circle to be built in the UK for over 3,000 years.

However, more than 30 years after it was built, the future of the circle is in doubt.

It is proposed that the stones be destroyed as part of a bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics. A decision on where the games will be held is due next week, but even if Glasgow does not win, council chiefs have pledged to press ahead with regeneration in Sighthill.

Planning applications are set to be lodged, with the opportunity for public comment.

Music legend Stuart Braithwaite – whose dad, John Braithwaite, helped to set up the stones – has organised a concert to raise awareness and funds for the campaign.

He will be joined by the likes of Aidan Moffat, Eugene Kelly, Emma Pollock, Remember Remember and more at Platform on July 27.

Duncan Lunan, project manager of the Friends of Sighthill Stone Circle, said: “There’s been a lot of support. The petition online is now over 3,700 and we have more than 600 on Facebook.

“I’m delighted with the support. It is really heartening. Now we’ve got proof that thousands of people care about it, and a great many of them do go there for various reasons and make the most of it. It’s really nice to know. There’s huge potential for the future.”

Duncan is determined to raise awareness and has been taking part in a number of events and giving presentations to various groups.

He spoke before a summer solstice ritual – attended by supporters, pagans and druids – at the circle on Friday night.

As well as the Platform concert, there will be a folk and acoustic event at the Mitchell Library on July 13.

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