Falkirk Bairn George was sweet on pop

This billboard is now displayed at the former site of the Irn-Bru mural

This billboard is now displayed at the former site of the Irn-Bru mural

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George Clark has been reading about the Irn-Bru mural campaign in the Falkirk Herald with interest.

George remembers how different the Howgate area of Falkirk looked when he was a boy and the Barr’s factory still stood in Burnfoot Lane.

George, from Falkirk, said: “The smell when you were near the factory was incredible, a very sweet smell which as a boy would make my mouth water.

“I would pester my poor mum whenever we were near, begging her to buy me a glass bottle of Irn-Bru, lemonade or, my favourite, Cream Soda.

“Back in the 1950s money was tight for everyone and getting a fizzy pop drink was a real treat.

“I got pocket money every Saturday, I can’t remember now how much it was, probably only a few pence and with it I could buy my fizzy juice and sweets.”

George agrees there should be a mural or some memorial in Falkirk to let people know Irn-Bru was founded in the town. He continued: “Now the factory is closed there must be lots of young people who don’t know the connections and there should be some way of honouring the heritage.

“Irn-Bru is one of Scotland’s most important exports and loved all over the world, it’s only right we honour that it all started in Falkirk.

“I’m still partial to a wee glass every now and then - I suppose I never outgrew my sweet tooth.”