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Telford anniversary celebrations win House of Commons plaudits

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MPS HAVE praised the ICE and other organisers of the extensive 250th anniversary celebrations of Thomas Telford's birth on 9 August.

onservative MP David Mundell, whose constituency of Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale includes the st ICE president's birthplace, lauded this year's events, managed by a number of organisations, including ICE.

Mundell said: 'As a largely self-taught man, Telford was passionate about education and supporting training, and he was a strong advocate of apprenticeships. That is reflected in the extensive education programme promoted today by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

'It is appropriate to recognise all of the other work that the institution is doing to mark the 250th anniversary.

'There is an informative website, an exhibition at the Guildhall art gallery between 19 July and 2 September, and a wreath-laying ceremony at Westminster abbey.' Mundell continued: 'There is absolutely no doubt that Scotland would not be the place it is today without Thomas Telford. His work literally opened up the Highlands with more than 900 miles of new roads, hundreds of bridges, ferry landing piers and dozens of churches.' He added that with projects both inside and outside the country of his birth, Telford was a truly great Briton.

Mundell was joined in his praise of Telford and the anniversary events by Labour MP for Telford David Wright and by former construction and newly appointed culture minister, Margaret Hodge.

'I also acknowledge, and have seen, the events and activities being co-ordinated across the country by the Institution of Civil Engineers, ' said Hodge.

'In my previous government role as minister with responsibility for industry, I had much interaction with that institution. It is an excellent organisation that does an enormous amount of work in promoting engineering, and particularly in training, ' she added.

See more on Telford's anniversary on our homepage and visit the ICE's dedicated Telford 250 website at http: // www. thomastelford250. org

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