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Kelvingrove Visits Back On Track 2006-09-17

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Humanities, Money, Scotland.
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The Kelvingrove museum in Glasgow has welcomed its millionth visitor, just two months after it re-opened.

The figure matches the annual tally from before its 28 million GBP revamp.
Welcoming Mr.David Ross and his family, Lord Provost Liz Cameron said the landmark showed how central the museum and art gallery was to Glasgow life.

It comes as paintings, including work by Billy Connolly and ‘Franz Ferdinand’s’ Alex Kapranos, went under the hammer at a charity event. The Lord ProvostĀ  said:

‘These fantastic figures show once again how central Kelvingrove is to the life of Glasgow.

‘It is a delightful surprise, however, to welcome the millionth visitor so soon — less than 10 weeks after re-opening.’

Mr.Ross said

‘I used to come here quite often, so I thought it would be nice to bring “the kids” along and let them see the museum and some of the exhibits.’

It is now hoped Kelvingrove will pass the two million mark in its first year since re-opening, making it Scotland’s biggest visitor attraction.

The evening event was compered by ‘River City’ star Ms.Joyce Falconer, aka ‘Roisin’. Ms.Carol Smillie, Ms.Shereen Nanjiani and BBC Scotland’s Mr.David Robertson introduced the paintings.

The high profile event was raising cash for seven charities. These included CHAS, ChildLine, Maggie’s Centre, Meningitis Trust, The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, The Third Step and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

Paintings of ‘Billy Connolly running from the Clyde semi-naked’ and ‘Alex Kapranos singing into a deep fried mars bar’ were among those auctioned off on the night.

A Peter Howson original canvas was also up for sale.

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