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Falkirk fundraiser victim of the weather - again!

Falkirk High Street was deserted after bad weather wrecked the big day in 2013  - and the weather was just as unkind this year

Falkirk High Street was deserted after bad weather wrecked the big day in 2013 - and the weather was just as unkind this year

 

Fundraisers were frustrated after a last minute weather warning forced the cancellation of their biggest event of the year.

The annual Falkirk Charities Day, scheduled to take over the High Street on Saturday, was scrapped for the second year in a row just 48 hours before it was due to start.

Over 40 voluntary groups were ready to set up their stalls for the moneyspinner before organisers Falkirk Delivers and Falkirk Rotary Club were obliged to call it off because of the weather forecast.

With winds of nearly 40 miles an hour predicted, they had no option but to postpone their plans on health and safety grounds. It has now been rescheduled for Saturday, September 6.

Falkirk Delivers boss Alastair Mitchell said: “We can only apologise for the inconvenience our decision caused, but it was taken for all the correct reasons. We waited until the last possible minute, but after studying the information being supplied by the Met Office and taking advice from our markets manager Howard Wilkinson we really had no other choice.

“Open air stalls can deal with rain and winds of up to 20 miles an hour, but winds gusting up to 39 miles an hour were predicted and that was a cause for concern. Because we faced a similar situation last year it was another very tough decision, but given the health and safety and insurance issues we faced, was one we had to take.

“It’s very unfortunate this has happened two years in a row, but hopefully September 6 will be kind to us and the charities will get the support of the Falkirk people that their efforts deserve.”

 

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