STIRLING’S MP has backed a proposal for a statue of Mary Queen of Scots to be built in the town.

Alyn Smith MP met with Adam Innes from James Innes & Son Stonemasonry who presented his concept of the regal statue in miniature.

The design would cost an estimated £150,000.

Mr Smith said: “I think this is a wonderful idea, Stirling is at the heart of Mary Queen of Scots’ story, yet there isn’t a statue here to commemorate her.

“That should change, and this idea would do wonders for tourism and the overall interest in Stirling’s and Scotland’s rich history.

“Adam’s design looks great, and if some of the hurdles around planning can be teased out, I’ve no doubt in my mind that many people and organisations would want to help fund such an exciting project.”

Adam Innes added: “It’s great to have Alyn’s backing, I’m excited about this project.

“There are too few statues of the women who have shaped our history, and it’s never been so important that we recognise that. 

“I’ll be discussing these plans with planners in coming weeks and hope to be in a position to start raising funds for it very soon.”