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News Archive(most recent items first)
January 2002 - Happy New Year! Hope 2002 is a peaceful year for y'all. The Spire website has a new guestbook. Feel free to leave your comments.
Winter 2001 - The Molendinar & Spire Park launch events took place on the 12th and 13th of December. You can see some photos on this temporary page.
The Molendinar waterfall looked amazing in the glow of the fireworks, the Bazooka Arts show with local schoolchildren went very well, the website was introduced to many local folk, and the Spire lights were switched on after a ceremony which included George Wylie and Michael Martin MP (speaker of the House of Commons).
The Royston Road Project website was also launched. This is the 'umbrella' website and includes both the Molendinar and Spire Parks. It features three channels of Project Information, Performances in both local areas and a Network of North East Glasgow business and community organisations.
The RRP website has also been made accessible through the City Council Libraries' Lifelong Learning 'Real' Centres where people can get free access to high-speed internet connections (improving video quality on the website for example), as well as offering many other valuable services.
Movie - A 4 minute short film of the history of the project can be viewed here. It is available in two versions, for slow modem connections , and fast broadband connections.
Winter 2001 The Spire test lighting took place in November. See the photo below.
The lighting test
Autumn 2001 - Preparations are taking place for the final stages in the project. The completion of the Molendinar Park, and the Spire restoration by GBPT and Lilley's are on schedule. Also, the Royston Road Project website will be launched sometime in December.
Summer 2001 - The naming ceremony of the new rose for the Royston Road area took place on Thursday 23rd August at the People's Palace on Glasgow Green. The winning name was "Where the Heart is" by a pupil from St.Roch's Primary. The event was the first opportunity to see the new rose in bloom, and many people put their names down to receive their own rose.
Work commences on the Spire restoration. Scaffolding has been erected and the contractors are on schedule.
New Park and Scaffolding
Spring 2001 - George Wylie creates a symbolic cross of daffodils and opens the Spire Park with much ceremony and a large attendance of local residents, especially kids. A vote of confidence in the play-park - every available surface was being used for skateboarding, jumping or just sitting on!
George Wylie opens Park
LDP Lighting Proposal
Autumn 2000/Winter 2001 - The new park at the foot of the Spire in Roystonhill is now well underway, it should be completed just before Christmas. The contractor Landwise will be on-site at the Molendinar Burn at Blackhill in early 2001. Landwise started on site as main contractor for the project in June.
Many local people have been employed in the construction of the park. The designs have evolved out of months of consultation between the local focus groups and the designers and artists.
One of the trainees said: "...I don't think people realise how much work goes into the building of it... I'd be gutted if it got vandalised as soon as we leave the site, we must make sure folk can use the park and don't abuse it".
Summer 2000 - 9 Local men employed in Landwise training programme in March. 14 more recruited for next course.
Negotiations continue with City Council over land issues.
Autumn 1997 - The Spire is under threat of demolition, local residents raise a petition and popular Glasgow sculptor George Wylie gives support by creating a symbolic fiery cross and says
'It's the destruction of a million-pound Spire - you would need a million pounds today to build it from scratch'.
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A steeplejack can be seen scaling the tip of the spire as the BBC news crew film the protest. See Spring 2001 News for an image of the daffodil cross at the opening of the Spire Park for the happy outcome!
George Wylie and the Fiery Cross