Cathcart MSP welcomes Games tourism

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CATHCART MSP James Dornan has spoken out at Holyrood in a bid to boost the area’s profile ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The SNP representative mentioned the area’s attractions as a draw for both competing athletes and visitors during Glasgow 2014.

Two games venues are based in Cathcart: Cathkin Braes, which will be the site of mountain biking events, to take place on a new international standard course, and Hampden Park, which will host sporting stars such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Eilidh Childs for track and field events.

But for Mr Dornan, the area has much more to offer.

Speaking at a members debate this week, he said: “While Cathcart has this welcome influx of visitors, they could do worse than to spend time just looking at all we have to offer.

“The could visit the last conservation village in the Glasgow city boundary at Carmunnock, dating back to the early Christian missionary St Cadoc.

“At the other end of the constituency we have Pollok Park, winner of Europe’s best park in 2008 and home to the magnificent Burrell Collection. Just down from there you have the A-listed Pollokshaws burgh hall, which holds a magnificent Wurlitzer organ.

“But probably the most important part of Cathcart’s history lies in the battle of Langside. Historic Scotland are considering whether to make the battlefield area of my constituency part of their historic battlefields inventory – clearly this proposal has my full support”.

Preparations for Glasgow 2014 are well under way, with organisers launching the search for volunteers from last week.

Up to 15,000 people are needed to help at games events, and anyone interested is asked to register their interest ahead of mid-January applications at www.Glasgow2014.com/volunteer.