THE National Wallace Monument is to become a beacon of hope from this weekend as it switches to lighting the iconic building in the seven colours of the rainbow.

At dusk, from Friday, May 1, the 67-metre tower sitting proud on the hills above Stirling, will join the many millions of people who have adopted the rainbow as a symbol of hope and peace during the pandemic.

It is hoped that the illumination of the distinctive landmark in the colours of the rainbow will show solidarity during this difficult time and bring hope and joy in these dark days.

Chair of Stirling District Tourism, Zillah Jamieson, said: “The Wallace Monument was built by donations from members of the public who were motivated to come together to pay tribute to an inspirational man, William Wallace.

“This sense of community and purpose is very much evident today in our NHS staff, the volunteering public and other key workers, and we wanted to pay tribute to these modern-day heroes who are embodying Wallace’s values.

“It is a simple act that acknowledges the bravery and courage of all those who are committed to caring for others and to keeping Scotland safe for the future.

“We would invite everyone to take their own photographs and share [them] on social media to spread the message about Stirling’s support and solidarity.”

The National Wallace Monument is closed at present, but plans are being drawn up to re-open the attraction when it is safe to do so.

Marketing manager, Ken Thomson said: “Whilst the famous building remains closed, a programme of educational videos has been released on the monument's YouTube channel to help with home schooling.

“It is one of the ways in which we can provide resources to support parents during the lockdown.”