Sunny weather, so it’s ‘taps aff’ time

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone

As I write this, I’m taking a ‘personal day’ from the office. I’m very lucky my work allows us to take a few last minute days off each year to use as we wish.

With the kind of sunshine we got last week, I couldn’t resist a few days gardening and taking my grandchildren out.

With the kids off for Easter, my daughter was glad of some ‘me’ time, so I decided to take them to The Helix.

I had that idea - along with thousands of others.

We go there pretty regularly, but I’ve never seen crowds like this before. We couldn’t get near the car park, or the one at Falkirk Stadium and after queuing for an eternity, we finally got parked at the retail park and walked all the way back.

By the time we got there, the kids were grumpy and tired. But they perked up when they saw the ice cream truck beside the lagoon - the one with dozens of people waiting to be served!

So as the kids played, I stood for what seemed an eternity to get a few cones. Waiting, there was nothing else to do except people watch - which as it happens is my favourite hobby.

And the Helix provided ample watching opportunities.

There was a couple close by who had clearly just had a barney and were trying to put on a good front for their children.

Another couple looked slightly frazzled, in such a busy place with five young children, but what I was most shocked to see were the clothes some people deemed acceptable to wear in a public park.

Now the weather was lovely for April, but the mercury was hardly hitting 70 yet there were countless men walking around with their shirts off and their jeans so low you could see their boxer shorts.

I don’t care how much you paid for those Calvin Klein pants, they should never see the light of day!

There was a wee boy running around the water fountain wearing just a soaked nappy and women dressed very scantily and completely inappropriately both for their shape and because they were in a place with young children.

With the Met Office predicting a lovely summer, I’m urging the people of Falkirk to use their brains before they leave the house in the morning.

Or at the very least, consult a mirror before you step out the door.