Thriving events behind Falkirk’s renaissance

Events like the 200th Steeple anniversary, above, and Funny In Falkirk bring people into the town centre. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141880)
Events like the 200th Steeple anniversary, above, and Funny In Falkirk bring people into the town centre. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141880)
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Falkirk’s town centre has made a shortlist to be named the best town centre in Britain thanks to a thriving events programme.

Falkirk will battle it out with Worcester and Wantage in Oxfordshire in the town centre category of the Great British High Street Awards.

Falkirk was shortlisted from around 135 high streets from around the UK entered into the contest organised by the Future High Streets Forum. More than a third have a town centre management team.

Judges praised the work of Falkirk’s Business Improvement District team, Falkirk Delivers, which has helped bring people flooding into Falkirk through events like the Steeple’s 200th anniversary celebrations, the ‘Funny In Falkirk’ comedy festival and safety initiatives such as street pastors, Safe Zone and Safe Base for the nighttime economy among others.

Assistant BID manager Alex Fleming said: “We understand the trading environment has been difficult. The projects we deliver are about keeping the town centre safe, clean and friendly.

“We have to make sure there’s always something interesting and vibrant happening and we work with a whole range of partners to help make it work.”

There are seven categories – coastal, market town, city, village, local parade, town centre and London – and winners will win a share of £50,000 prize money as well as support and mentoring from industry experts on creating a business plan and digital marketing.

A member of the judging panel will visit Falkirk and a winner will be selected in November. To show support for Falkirk visit www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.