Special party to celebrate Falkirk Steeple’s special birthday

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Crowds flocked to the High Street at the weekend to celebrate Falkirk Steeple’s 200th birthday.

Two days of music and fun made for a party atmosphere to mark the bi-centenary of the town’s most famous landmark.

Town Crier Jock Ferguson and drummer Victoria Davidson get the party underway

Town Crier Jock Ferguson and drummer Victoria Davidson get the party underway

There were pipe bands, a town crier, street market, heritage games and theatre to enjoy before the event was brought to a fitting close with a concert from the famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers. In the nearby Howgate Shopping Centre an exhibition of photographs showing the Steeple over the years took visitors on a wonderful trip down memory lane and, thanks to members of Falkirk Local History Society, many were able to take a tour of the inside of the historic building whose upper floors are usually closed to the public.

The weekend festival was organised by Falkirk Council’s growth and investment unit and Falkirk BID, the town’s Business Improvement District and was a key part of the Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.