A major restoration of Falkirk Steeple is a step closer after workmen gave the iconic landmark a mini makeover.
As part of ongoing maintenance works, some of its brickwork has been repaired ahead of more major works being carried out later this year.
The majestic monument, which celebrated its 200th birthday last September, is a priority project for the Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative and a conservation design team is working hard behind the scenes finalising a schedule of improvements to be tackled.
The Steeple was inspected by experts just before Christmas and the need for some minor grouting repairs to be done was identified.
The job, which cost £1300 to hire the hoist needed to reach the areas which are crumbling and around £900 for the materials needed, has been paid for by Falkirk Council but will be reclaimed on behalf of Falkirk THI from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.
The initiative, also funded by town centre business group Falkirk BID with Falkirk Community Trust also a key partner, involves plans to invest £5.5 million in the town centre between now and 2018.
Under the grant-giving programme communities will receive funds to boost conservation areas suffering from social or economic decline. Typically, it will involve a ‘common fund’ providing grants to local property owners, businesses and organisations to help them carry out repairs and other works to historic properties and spaces within the THI area.
The overall aim is to breathe new life into the town centre by improving its physical appearance and protecting and enhancing buildings which make it special.