The weather was kind for Grangemouth Children’s Day and for the traditional tour of the arches the night before.
Thankfully the only precipitation on the night was from Lady in Waiting Hope Rafferty’s beautiful working waterfall based on a scene from Pixar movie ‘Up’.
On the town’s best family night out of the year, hundreds of residents and visitors wandered the streets to gaze at the colourful designs and hard work of the royal retinue and their families and friends.
Queen Nicole Loney took to the stage she and her family created to perform some songs for the packed crowd who had come to see her musicals arch.
Fairies and fairytales were present again this year with Kerry Clark’s Tinkerbell castle, Niamh Irvine’s wonderful Winx garden and Neave Garrity’s nursery rhyme road.
Disney is never far away on Children’s Day arch patrol and Lucy Gray did not disappoint with her creative ode to everything Walt, while Leah Strathearn captured the magic of Beauty and the Beast with her yellow castle.
Films from the past and the present popped up in the form of Levi McDonald’s Star Wars arch and Niamh Haggart’s Mary Poppins house. Gru and the gang were all present and correct in Mya Hay’s street, which was overrun with yellow tic-tac-like minions.
Sandy beaches and the tiki hut bar were the order of the day for Emma Beck’s island paradise arch, while Abbie Jeffrey’s own idea of paradise took the form of life sized cardboard versions of boy band One Direction.
The summer’s packed calender of sporting action was represented by Jacob Trapp’s Commonwealth Games arch, while David set up some cracking goals for his World Cup creation.