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To boldly Linlithgow; 'Home town' plan a memorial to Scotty.

Byline: By Lynn Davidson

STAR Trek legend Scotty could be honoured with a memorial in his home town - of Linlithgow.

Council chiefs in West Lothian want to commemorate the Starship Enterprise's chief engineer - played by Canadian actor James Doohan,who died this week - after they discovered he was born in the area.

Or rather, he will be born in the area - in around 200 years.

According to the creators of the show, Montgomery Scott was born in Linlithgow in 2222.

Now the council are considering a memorial to Scotty - some 217 years before his 'birth'. Councillor Willie Dunn, appropriately enough the convener of the enterprise committee, said a memorial would help boost tourism.

He said: 'It is an intriguing idea. Scotty was a key character and Star Trek made James Doohan a household name.

'Linlithgow was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and the town attracts thousands of people from all over the world every year.

'A local link with Star Trek could help attract even more visitors. I think a plaque is an excellent idea.'

Linlithgow Community Council chairman Tom Conn said: 'I have enjoyed Star Trek since I was boy but didn't know Scotty was born here.

'We would obviously support anything that helps tourism and local businesses.'

Doohan passed away at his home in Washington, USA, on Wednesday, aged 85.

A D-Day veteran, he landed his role in Star Trek in 1966. He tried several accents for the character but once said: 'I believed the Scots voice was the most commanding.

'So I told them, 'If this character is going to be an engineer, you'd better make him a Scotsman

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