The first ICE president Thomas Telford was honoured with an adjournment debate in the House of Commons yesterday ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth on August 9.
David Mundell, Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, the constituency of Telford's birthplace, praised this year's anniversary events organised by many organisations, including ICE.'There is absolutely no doubt that Scotland would not be the place it is today without Thomas Telford,' said Mundell.'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 ranging the length and breadth, Telford was a truly great Briton.Mundell was joined in his praise of Telford and events to celebrate his anniversary 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 ministerial 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.'See more on Telford's anniversary on our homepage and visit ICE's dedicated Telford 250 website at http://www.thomastelford250.org