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Bill’s labour of love will benefit town’s historians

Local history enthusiasts in Falkirk were among the many groups and individuals saddened by the recent death of William F T Anderson, formerly senior partner in Russel and Aitken, known to one and all as Bill.

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Grahamston gates in situ with company name

The life and times of Grahamston foundries

Take a stroll down Gowan Avenue in Grahamston past the Star Inn and the Miller Hall and at the far end you will find a collection of ramshackle old buildings on one side and an overgrown storage yard on the other.

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A marvel of 19th century civil engineering

A marvel of 19th century civil engineering

If my arithmetic is correct then this is my 300th walk down memory lane since this column first appeared.

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Remembering Passchendaele: Three months of unspeakable suffering

Of the many beautiful cemeteries looked after around the world by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the largest lies on the side of a gentle hill in Belgium.

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A heroic image of William Wallace

The first freedom fighter for Scotland’s cause

If you were anywhere near Falkirk High Street last Saturday you would no doubt have heard the skirl of the pipes and caught sight of waving Saltires.

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The new Falkirk Technical College in 1962

Laying the foundations of a new educational era

It won’t be long before the builders begin the construction of the brand new Forth Valley College at Middlefield after which it will be goodbye to the Falkirk Technical College building which has served the community for more than half a century.

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Dunmore Park

Sad ruins with a tale to tell – until they fall to dust!

Last Sunday the first of the local history society’s summer walks took us round the Dunmore Loop, that is four miles or so beginning at the Pineapple and ending at the picturesque Dunmore village.

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The old Falkirk baths

District captured on film for Empire Exhibition

I was not around in Falkirk in 1938 but thanks to a film camera team we know what the town looked like back then.

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Playing host to greatest cattle fairs in Europe

Playing host to greatest cattle fairs in Europe

What do the Braes village of Shieldhill, the Roman fort at Roughcastle and the golf course in Stenhousemuir have in common apart from the fact that they are all in Falkirk district?

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Work takes place on the garden at Grahamston station in 1972

Tending to trains ...and the flower beds

Many of our railway stations still have impressive flower displays but we doubt as much effort is expended on them as appears to have been the case back in 1972.

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Visitors to the TV studio at Callendar Park College in 1971

Spotlight falls on visitors to college

Having completed our run through of the final years of the 20th century after the beginning of the millennium in our Retro section over the past few months, this week our attention returns to 1971.

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Joe enters the stadium

Joe McGhee was a true Falkirk sporting hero

Last week I attended an excellent awards ceremony organised by Falkirk Community Trust’s Active Schools team in the Town Hall.

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The Gaumont, formerly The Pavilion, later the Odeon

Bairns had a big choice for a night at the ‘flicks’

Every now and then people ask me why I haven’t written about such and such a subject and I remind them that I have been writing these articles for quite a long time now – this is number 291 – and have probably already covered their particular topic. A case in point is Falkirk’s famous cinemas which I talked about in one of the earliest articles. So, just in case you missed it ... or have forgotten ... here is what I said at the time.

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Members of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative set to work digitally mapping out Grangemouth's historic town clock

Turning back the clock

Members of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) took time out to create a digital reconstruction of Grangemouth’s historic town clock.

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Falkirk in the mid 1700s. Picture: Clare Hewitt

Stentmasters – running the burgh of Falkirk

With the votes cast and counted and the future direction of the council still uncertain, it is worth remembering that for all the potential difficulties, democracy is still a prize worth treasuring.

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Social history that’s held in Camelon street names

Social history that’s held in Camelon street names

A few years ago there was a programme on TV called History on Your Doorstep presented by a former London cabbie called Fred Housego.

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Opening of the Ford Bridge in 1887 and (below) the 14th edition of Bonnyseen, the magazine of Greenhill Historial Society.

Remembering the past ... looking to the future

Bonnybridge remembers! No doubt at all where Memory Lane led us to this past week; not for the first time the villagers showed the rest of us how important it is for a community to mark their important milestones not least for the sake of the young ones who will do the remembering in the future.

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Michael with a picture of his grandfather who went to war Michael Sylvester McMahon

Sombre visit to remember grandad who survived First World Ward battle

Pensioner Michael McMahon never served in the armed forces, but comes from a proud fighting family that did.

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Walk down memory lane to Dollar Park

Walk down memory lane to Dollar Park

Down Memory Lane is taking place in Falkirk’s Dollar Park this summer – and the organisers are looking for people to share their recollections of the popular spot.

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Doug Moran scores the cup-winning goal in extra-time and (below) the cup winning team.

I was there in ‘57

A couple of years ago when the mighty Falkirk Bairns reached the Scottish Cup final for the fourth time in my life I wrote about that never-to-be-forgotten night when the famous old trophy was paraded through the darkened streets of the town and young and old by the thousands celebrated like there was no tomorrow. I make no apology for retelling that story of April 24, 1957, 60 years ago this week.

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