Festival of the Sea sails into Grangemouth

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A town will celebrate its seafaring past and present with a family fun event this weekend.

The Grangemouth Festival of the Sea gets under way in the town centre at noon and runs until 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Organised by Falkirk and District Town Centre Management, with the support of Falkirk Council, the event aims to boost footfall around La Porte Precinct and York Square.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council economic and strategic development convener, said: “Events like this help bring people into our town centres and also make them more aware of the fantastic heritage in our area.

“Grangemouth has prospered thanks to its seafaring past and is still one of the major ports in the UK.”

A range of free activities and entertainment will be available on the day, including a surf simulator, a bungee run, a ball pool, balloon modelling, craft workshops, a pirate bouncy castle, face painting and much more.

Grangemouth Heritage Trust, off La Porte Precinct, will be holding free slideshows of old Grangemouth and displaying a model of the Grangemouth-built Charlotte Dundas, the world’s first practical steamboat.

There will also be dance demonstrations from Grangemouth’s McKechnie School of Dance and tunes from a salsa band and The Tonkerers.

Assistant town centre manager Mary-Jane Armstrong said: “It should be a great day, offering fun for all the family. We’re also encouraging everyone to get into the mood and dress up in costumes related to the sea.

“Everything from sailors to mermaids will be welcome – best dressed will win a prize.”

The festival is the first of a range of Grangemouth events over the summer months. A continental market will visit from July 19 to 21 and there will also be a live music festival in the town centre every Saturday in August.