And finally… Are you ready to go ‘Roman’ on the Forth and Clyde Canal?

And finally... Are you ready to go 'Roman' on the Forth and Clyde Canal?

A fascinating film on the Antonine Wall will be the focus of special canal boat trips.

Places are available for screenings of ‘The Antonine Wall: A 37-Mile Landmark’ on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The captivating film explores the history and heritage of the iconic Roman construction, drawing inspiration from a silent movie created in the 1950s by Professor Anne Robertson.

There will be two sailings/showings on Tuesday 19 September – from 11am-1pm and 3-5pm – organised by East Dunbartonshire Council in conjunction with the Forth and Clyde Canal Society.

The film will be screened while the boat sails on the canal from Southbank Marina, in Kirkintilloch, and back.

It’s part of the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project, which has also helped to create a Roman-themed play area at Peel Park, Kirkintilloch, a replica distance stone in Twechar and a Roman Granary Garden in Bearsden.

Bookings cost £5 per person – available from Kirkintilloch Community Hub, 2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch G66 1AD or call 0300 123 4510. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 1pm to 4pm. Please note, payment is by card only.

Councillor Paul Ferretti, convener of Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to organise these special screenings. It will be an amazing experience to watch the film – the culmination of years of dedication and hard work – while enjoying a leisurely sail on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

“At the moment we have managed to arrange two daytime screenings. If these prove popular than we can potentially look at additional events in future.”

The Antonine Wall was built from around 142 AD – marking the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire – running through East Dunbartonshire.

Stephen Balfour, project manager of Rediscovering the Antonine Wall, added: “We are pleased that East Dunbartonshire Council and the Forth and Clyde Canal Society have chosen to show ‘The Antonine Wall: A 37 Mile Landmark’ film.

“The filmmakers have done a tremendous job of creating an entertaining educational and social history record which shines a light on the volunteers and community groups who have helped us to deliver the project.”

The Rediscovering the Antonine Wall initiative aims to raise awareness of the Wall, primarily amongst local communities but also with visitors.

It has received support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Kelvin Valley and Falkirk LEADER Programme, Historic Environment Scotland, and East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire Councils.

As well as new attractions, the project has also created educational resources including new information booklets, replica object handling boxes, and the creation of Antonine Wall comics and murals in collaboration with young people.

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