MORE than a hundred people attended a parliamentary reception to hear about works going on at the Cochno Stone and prehistoric rock art in Scotland.
MSP Gil Paterson hosted a debate followed by a reception in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday February 19.
The community archaeology at Faifley with the Cochno Stone and Scotland’s prehistoric rock art heritage was the subject of several speeches by MSPs in the chamber.
Opening the debate, Mr Paterson called for greater efforts to showcase the Cochno Stone to the public permanently, rather than keeping it buried.
Dr Kenny Brophy of the University of Glasgow and Faifley Rocks! chaired the reception after, and updated attendees on the progress at the Cochno Stone.
A series of speeches kicked off with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.
The night included many, from archaeologists, members of the community, community organisations, and schools, both local and, across Scotland explaining their role in the Cochno Stone and rock art projects in Faifley and beyond.
Speakers from the constituency included: Sandra Love from Knowes Housing Association, Donald Petrie from West Dunbartonshire Council, Trisha Lorimer from Faifley Community Council, acting head teacher John McDonald from Edinbarnet Primary School, Rachel of Clydebank High Archaeology Club.
Mr Paterson said: “I would like to thank everyone from Faifley and the constituency who attended the parliamentary debate and reception for the Cochno Stone and prehistoric rock art in Scotland.
“It was great to see a packed public gallery and then committee room where we held the reception – the attendance truly was unprecedented for an evening debate and reception.
“The Cochno Stone and the work being carried out by Dr Brophy and Faifley Rocks! has been truly tremendous, so I was delighted to bring it to the parliament to share with my MSP colleagues.”