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Light-up of Glenfinnan Viaduct in solidarity with NHS staff and Key Workers

The iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct was lit up on 28 May in what was the last of the series of light-ups.

The 21-arch viaduct, which features in the Harry Potter series of films, joined famous venues and attractions across Scotland in lighting up in NHS colours to salute the efforts of healthcare workers and others in the fight against coronavirus.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, located in north west Scotland at the top of Loch Shiel, is genuinely iconic and known across the world thanks to its connections to the Jacobite rebellion and the latter-day boy wizard.

It was the first structure lit up in early April and provides a fitting finale and tribute.

Since the first illumination of Glenfinnan Viaduct, Network Rail in Scotland has lit up stations and structures every Thursday evening including the refurbished Glasgow Queen Street Station, Edinburgh Waverley’s ticket office dome, Findhorn Viaduct and the new Dundee Station.

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“Lighting Glenfinnan Viaduct took place as people across the country once again join in a mass round of applause at 8pm last Thursday to thank NHS staff and our key workers for their hard work, commitment and determination to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Glenfinnan is of course also the historic site at which Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel on 19 August 1745. Given both its historic and modern connotations, it was a suitably evocative site to salute our NHS staff and key workers.”

The lighting of Glenfinnan viaduct has been undertaken by the Stage Group, following the clear physical distancing messages from the SNP Government.


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