Plan to stop students putting cone on statue of Duke of Wellington abandoned

Monday 18 November 2013 08.53
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The council had wanted to put an end to the custom
The council had wanted to put an end to the custom
10,000 people signed a petition to keep the tradition
10,000 people signed a petition to keep the tradition
The petition said the cone was an important part of Glasgow's heritage
The petition said the cone was an important part of Glasgow's heritage

It has long been a rite of passage for Glasgow students to place a traffic cone on the head of the Duke of Wellington statue in Royal Exchange Square.

Now the city's council has abandoned a plan to raise the statue by 1.8m to end the tradition after more than 10,000 people signed a petition opposing it.

The petition insisted: "The cone on Wellington's head is an iconic part of Glasgow's heritage, and means far more to the people of Glasgow and to visitors than Wellington himself ever has."

The duke, Arthur Wellesley, was born in Co Meath, in 1769.

Known as the Iron Duke, he was one of the leading military figures of the 19th century, commanding the army that defeated Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo.

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