In a spectacular boost to our project, actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley has committed to working alongside volunteers at the cairn on the afternoon of Thursday 31st July, bringing stones from her garden. We would love you to join us.
As you know, stone and support has already come in from leading public figures including historians Simon Schama and David Starkey, philosopher AC Grayling and writer Alain de Botton, and this Monday 28th July the project will be led by a team of mountaineers and explorers including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Doug Scott OBE and Alan Hinkes OBE (the first British man to climb every peak over 8000 metres.) Don’t forget that Sir Ranulph will be speaking to volunteers at 4pm.
Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS was born to a British family in India, lives in England but has family in Scotland. She began her romance with the Union as a Bond girl (the fictional spy James Bond, like his creator Ian Fleming, was of Scottish ancestry but worked from London with the British secret service and remains a powerful symbol of Scotland’s place in the Union). She has also been a human rights activist on behalf of Survival International and the Gurkha Justice campaign, and a prominent campaigner for animal rights. Radio 4 named her “one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom”. As one of the country’s most popular figures her presence will be a very powerful endorsement for the cairn and the Union.
We look forward very much to seeing you soon at the cairn and, as ever, please keep spreading the word and encouraging your friends and family to visit. Your support is hugely appreciated!