Happy to have Kelpies ... but not the idiot drivers

Kate Livingstone

Kate Livingstone

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So, they are here, they are lit up, and they are attracting lots of attention.

When the Kelpies were first being constructed all that time ago, who would have thought that in a few months’ time, there would be such a spectacle on our doorstep?

The Kelpies are making headlines across the world.

Now that all the glitz and glamour of an international unveiling is behind us, we now have to concentrate on what’s in front of us.

And, if you happen to be driving any time soon, then I mean that literally!

Yesterday I was happily driving along the Falkirk Road, as I do most days, enjoying the sunshine and a bit of music on the radio.

Suddenly, the idiot in front of me came to a near stop, wound down his window, and pointed his camera phone at the Kelpies.

‘‘Oh for goodness sake,’ ‘I said, as I hammered so hard on the brakes that the car swerved a little, and I panicked as I lost control.

Of course, as anyone who has been in this situation will know, as soon as you have avoided hitting the car in front, you then have to worry about the car – or cars – which will hopefully stop before hitting you.

You’ll be delighted to hear that I escaped the whole scenario without a scratch on me or my car.

When I’d finished hurling abuse at the driver who had caused all the trouble, I got to thinking about how many bumps and near-misses there would be on our roads as people angle for a picture.

And don’t even get me started about the people who drive like maniacs trying to get a photograph from the M9.

Honestly, it’s an accident waiting to happen.

But these are the cards we have been dealt, these are the Kelpies we have been given, and I must say I think we’re very lucky.

I don’t mind at all that we ordinary residents, who live in the shadow of a tourist attraction, will soon be rolling our eyes at the sight of visitors taking pictures of the Kelpies.

All I ask is that their driving standards stay sound.