Buildings open to the public

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SOME of the most historic and well known buildings in Lanarkshire will be opening their doors to the public this weekend.

The annual Doors Open Day event takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

In Clydesdale, buildings open to the public include Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway, New Lanark World Heritage Site and Moat Park Heritage Centre.

East Kilbride and Strathaven buildings which people can visit include Strathaven Airfield and St Bride’s RC Church.

In Hamilton and the surrounding areas, Bothwell Parish Church, Chatelherault Hunting Lodge and Hamilton Fire Station are among the buildings opening their doors.

In Rutherglen and Cambuslang, Rutherglen Old Parish Church is participating this year.

Councillor Chris Thompson, chairman of South Lanarkshire Council’s enterprise resources committee, said: “Doors Open Day provides a fantastic chance for the public to visit buildings they would not normally be allowed access to.

“Some of them have an important place in the history of South Lanarkshire and are simply quite stunning examples of architecture.

“I hope as many families as possible take advantage of the fantastic opportunities available.”

A full list of buildings open in Lanarkshire is available via the Doors Open Day Lanarkshire leaflet, which can be picked up from local libraries.

The leaflet can also be downloaded from the South Lanarkshire Council website (www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk), search for Doors Open Day 2011 on the site. There is also more information at www.doorsopendays.org.uk.