Steeple scarf turns Falkirk blue and white for cup final

Falkirk scarf on the historic Steeple to support the football team in Saturday's Scottish Cup final''Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk scarf on the historic Steeple to support the football team in Saturday's Scottish Cup final''Picture: Michael Gillen

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Cheering crowds turned out to see a 120 foot navy and white draped round Falkirk’s iconic steeple to support the football club in the run up to Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.

The idea was the brainchhild of Councillor Craig Martin, Falkirk Council leader, and Provost Pat Reid.

They sent out a call three weeks ago urging people to knit panels for the scarf.

Both the council leader and Provost bought a large amount of wool for members of the public to pick up and crochet or knit.

The scarf has been knitted by the leader and Provost’s wives, community groups and members of the public. Carronshore Youth Club’s youngsters got together with mums and grandparents to knit their own panels.

Councillor Martin said: “The Provost and I are huge Falkirk fans and wanted to do something to mark the club’s success in reaching the Scottish Cup final. We have been overwhelmed by the community response to the idea.

“My wife Senga and the Provost’s wife Sandra deserve a big thank you as they’ve crocheted 60 feet-worth of the scarf between them.

“Panels have come in from all over the Falkirk area and it’s been a real community effort.”

Local businesses have got behind the club and community too. Calachem, John Mitchell Haulage, Falkirk Distillery Company, the 21 CC Group and Falkirk Delivers have all backed the idea and covered the costs of placing the scarf around the steeple on Monday.

Provost Pat Reid said: “The steeple is a historic feature of the town and has historic ties to the club as it’s always been on the club badge.

“I was lucky enough to be at the game when Falkirk last won the Scottish Cup in 1957 and though we have had a few near misses since, I really hope this is our year.”