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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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The grave of Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce – ‘worth half the kingdom’

There is a street in Larbert called Robert Bruce Court and it’s a fair bet that many people believe that it is a salute to the great King of Scots who triumphed at Bannockburn in 1314.

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The Dunmore Pineapple – a work of art

The Dunmore Pineapple – a work of art

Before the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel the most iconic image in our area was surely the famous Pineapple at Dunmore. It adorned the front cover of many a tourist brochure attracting visitors from all over the world intrigued by this amazing structure of carved sandstone making a gigantic replica of the fruit and rising nearly fifty feet above the ground.

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The old Hart's shop

Falkirk and the birth of television

Local historians love anniversaries. They give us a chance to retell old tales of battles won and lost, buildings opened and closed and long dead pioneers who helped create our community.

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Camelon's Canal Inn (above) and the Union Inn viewed from Lock 16 (below).

What’s in the name –
of a Falkirk area pub

A few years ago a regular reader of this column told me I must be obsessed with pubs because I wrote about them every second week! I think it was said tongue in cheek but it forced me to sign the pledge and forget for a wee while these favourite haunts of my youth.

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Champion volunteer Niamh is heading for California

College date for volunteer

A schoolgirl will keep her date with destiny this summer.

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Zetland tomb

The paths of glory lead but to the grave

When the new Parish Church of Falkirk opened in 1811 there was an important meeting at which seats were allocated in proportion to the contribution made by the ‘heritors’ to the upkeep of the church, minister’s stipend, schoolmaster’s salary etc. The seat plan has survived and it will come as no surprise that the names William Forbes and Lord Thomas Dundas dominate with over 60 per cent of the places. These two men were far and away the largest landowners in the parish which at that time included much of the new village of Grangemouth. These places were thereafter reserved for their families, estate workers and other employees. There were other seat holders of course like John Heugh of Gartcows, Alexander Kincaid, surgeon George McCallum and even Carron Company but it was overwhelmingly the Forbes-Dundas show!

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The former St Modan's Church in Bank Street (above) and Violet Grove, Bank Street, before demolition (below).

Falkirk’s Bank Street - a place full of history

Falkirk’s Bank Street looks a bit worse for wear these days which is a great pity because it is full of history, some lost, but much still in evidence.

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