Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Took the Romans Six Years to Build the Wall. It Took the Council Three to Put Up This Fence

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Took the Romans Six Years to Build the Wall. It Took the Council Three to Put Up This Fence

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Byline: By Peter Young

It took the Romans just six years to build Hadrian's Wall.

Stretching 73 miles from Cumbria to Tyneside, it's one of the wonders of the world.

In a humble tribute, council leaders decided to erect a decorative metal fence in Newcastle, along part of the new Hadrian's Trail, about a mile from the remains of the Wall.

But following a series of delays and mishaps the project was branded a shambles today.

It's taken three years for the scheme to get under way, prompting unfavourable comparisons with the Romans.

Then again, the Romans didn't have to contend with red tape, an armed robbery, and a fire.

Costing pounds 29,000, the 65-metre long fence, with silhouettes of Roman soldiers, is being built in Lemington along part of Hadrian's Trail.

Barry Phillipson, Labour councillor for Lemington, today blamed the city council's Lib Dem leaders for the delay.

"I don't know exactly how long it took the Romans to build the section of the Wall that runs through Lemington," said Coun Phillipson. …

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