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Thursday
31
MAY

The Dumfriesshire Man who Built Britain

19:30
21:30

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CULTURAL CONNECTIONS PRESENTS
THE DUMFRIESSHIRE MAN WHO BUILT BRITAIN

Born in Glendinning near Langholm in 1757, Thomas Telford’s only formal training was as a stonemason. Yet he would play a major part in laying the foundations of Britain’s industrial revolution as a builder, architect and civil engineer. Telford’s achievements were astonishing. He designed and constructed the finest roads, bridges and canals since the Romans. In Scotland, he was particularly prolific, constructing 1,200 miles of road, over 1,000 bridges and the mighty Caledonian Canal. Most of Telford’s constructions remain to this day, a testament to his abilities.

This fascinating story is told through drama and original live music, specially composed for the show. William Williamson, well known Dumfriesshire performer plays Telford, with Dave Dewar as the interviewer, and music by singer-songwriter Ian Walker and cellist Wendy Weatherby. The Buccleuch Centre will host the world premiere of this event before it tours.

TICKETS: £10 from the Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries: 01387 253383; or Wigtown Festival Company: 01988 403222