Over recent years, Falkirk district has found itself thrust into the national – and even international – spotlight with the unveiling of first The Falkirk Wheel and then the Kelpies.
When I first arrived in Falkirk to take over the reins at the Herald, the Wheel was still being built but I remember even then being impressed by the sheer scale of the project.
Upon completion, it became a must-see destination when relatives visited and every one of them was astounded by the remarkable feat of engineering.
Such was its pulling power that it even featured in a Christmas advert for Irn-Bru.
Fast forward a decade or so and we had a similar experience with the Kelpies, watching them transform from an artist’s impression, to a pair of ‘miniature’ models and finally their official opening complete with fireworks and pyrotechnics.
Perhaps even more than The Wheel, these huge structures have captured the hearts of the people of Falkirk and beyond as they look down on the equally impressive Helix Park.
But, for the true Bairn, there’s only one structure that truly represents Falkirk - the iconic Steeple that’s just celebrated its 200th anniversary.