There’s an old saying that ‘you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been’.
The expression basically means that it’s wise to know a bit of your family’s history to understand how your brood came to be and what they stand for.
Local history buff Charlotte Alexander has developed a great knowledge about her family and its roots.
Her great grandfather James Reilly moved to these parts from Ireland in 1953 leaving his wife Bridgit and young family behind to continue their schooling before joining him a year later in Bonnybridge then Maryfield Place, Lime Road and latterly Camelon. James was active in finding jobs in the local kilns for fellow ex-pats and worked in Steins in Allandale for more than 20 years. He had a reputation for being the fastest worker for removing the hot bricks from the kilns.