Falkirk’s ‘a-blazing’ start to 2016

The weather was cold but the heat was on at the Helix for the Fire and Light spectacular on New Year’s Day.

Around 3500 people gathered at Falkirk’s number one visitor attraction as the sun began to set behind the town’s high flats and the excitement started to build when darkness finally descended.

Pyroceltica entertain at the Fire and Light event

Pyroceltica entertain at the Fire and Light event

According to organisers Falkirk Community Trust, the ceremony marked the passing of 2015 and the birth of 2016 – with people of all ages writing down their wishes and hopes for the coming months on slips of paper to be burned along with the three metre tall willow tree structure on the great lawn.

Funded by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, the entertainment was provided throughout the evening by Pyroceltica, Mischief La Bas and Artcore, who did their best to make their audience forget the plummeting temperatures and numb extremities.