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THE first stage in the final section of the new, long distance Clyde Coastal Path opened this week.

Originally the 300 metre red blaes route, which will link Milngavie to Galloway, was going to be named after the Antonine Wall - but it will now be called the Thomas Wood Path, after the man who helped supervise its construction.

Mr Wood (54), from Duntocher, died suddenly at the weekend.

Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson officially opened the Thomas Wood Path on Monday. He said; “This was a desperately sad day for the family of Tom Wood but gratifying that those responsible for bringing the path about took the instant decision to name the path after Tom, after consultation with his family.

“Hopefully, this will be of some comfort to them in the difficult days ahead.

“I was humbled and honoured to be part of the opening of Thomas Wood Path at such a very emotional event.”

Dr Iain White, from Bearsden, who is vice president of Rotary Club of Allander and chairperson of the Clyde Coastal Path Committee, said:

“It is a tribute to Tom Wood, who was one of the supervisors, that everyone involved was enthusiastic to dedicate their work to him.

“Tom’s sister Freda and his partner Michelle held the ribbon which was cut by Gil Paterson as he named and dedicated the path during the opening ceremony.”

The Clyde Coastal Path runs from the Kelly Burn - between Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay - and Milngavie.

It links with the Ayrshire Coastal Path to the south and with the West Highland Way to the north.

Together with the Mull of Galloway Rotary Trail and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, The Clyde Coastal Path makes up the Firth of Clyde Rotary Trail which spans the distance from the Mull of Galloway to Milngavie.

This section of the path has been remade and resurfaced with financial help from the Central Scotland Green Network and physical help from the West Dunbartonshire Community Payback Service and material donated by West Dunbartonshire Council.

All of the work was co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Allander.

2012-05-21 Opening ceremony of the Antonine Wall section of the Clyde Coastal Path, opened by Gil Paterson MSP - Milngavie and Bearsden Herald

“The Thomas Wood Path is part of a long distance route but it is also used extensively by local folk for recreation, walking dogs and as a shortcut.

“Everyone who uses the path seems very pleased with the result.

“The Community Pay Back team have done a great job in re-constructing this path which can now be used in all weathers.

Photograph Milngavie and Bearsden Herald.

Left to right:

Provost Douglas McAllister, WDC

Ian Deuchar, Rotarian

Cllr Gail Casey WDC

Iain MacVoy, Rotarian

Freda Baxter, sister of Tam Wood

Gil Paterson, MSP

Bill Docherty, Rotarian

Michelle Dinning,

fiancée of Tam Wood

Vincent Cuddihy, Rotarian