International unveiling of Falkirk’s Kelpies

The Kelpies will be lit up at tonight's international unveiling
The Kelpies will be lit up at tonight's international unveiling

Crowds will throng the Helix park for tonight’s long-awaited international launch of the Kelpies.

The iconic sculptures, which tower over the district, have captured the imagination of young and old alike,

From Monday, people will be able to experience them up close with guided tours.

But tonight Andy Scott’s giant equine artworks will be the focal point of ‘Home’. Billed as an illuminated spectacular, it will also launch the John Muir Festival 2014.

With dry weather forecast, a last minute surge for tickets is expected and those picking their’s up from the Falkirk Stadium are urged to turn up early.

Preparing to welcome visitors to the town, Falkirk’s First Citizen, Provost Pat Reid, said: “The Kelpies, the Helix and the new canal extension are the realisation of the shared vision of successive council administrations and partners, including neighbouring communities.

“They now stand as a great source of pride for young and old throughout our area and as a symbol of a new, progressive, modern place in which to live, play and work.”

Built thanks to a £25 million Big Lottery Fund grant, the Kelpies are part of the £43 million Helix project which is a partnership between Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals.

Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: “The international launch of the Kelpies marks a major milestone in the Helix project.

“After all the hard work during the past eight years, I am absolutely delighted that we are celebrating this fantastic addition to Scotland’s 
international tourism offering.

“It’s hard to imagine that these colossal 30-metre high structures started as a fledgling idea to create a bold 
canalside project which would not only help regenerate the Falkirk area but complete the Millennium Link project and the Falkirk Wheel.”