Fund-raising appeal to rejuvenate Knox kirk

IT IS one of Scotland's most historic churches, where John Knox preached the fiery sermon against idolatry that helped spark the Scottish Reformation.

Now plans have been announced for the final phase of a fund-raising drive to secure a future for St John's Kirk, the oldest standing building in Perth and one of the most important parish churches in Scotland.

Records show that St John's was established in 1126. It has played a central role in Perth life ever since.

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The kirk's trust is planning to spend 2,740,000 to redevelop the interior of the building so that it can be used as an artistic events and cultural venue.

It has secured 2.67 million in funding and is now embarking on the final phase of its fund-raising drive – the launch of a public appeal.

Roddy Young, a spokesman for the trust, said: "This ambitious project is designed to secure for St John's a future which is both viable and vibrant.

"It will enhance the kirk's potential as a venue for the whole community, as well as continuing in use for services and worship.

"The kirk is one of Scotland's most important buildings and its future is of crucial importance, not only to the people of Perth but Scotland as a whole."

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