Prince Philip: Falkirk Council leaders pay tribute to ‘man of foresight and courage’
The group leaders of the three political parties on Falkirk Council paid tribute to Prince Philip when the council's Executive met on Tuesday.
After a minute's silence to acknowledge the death of the 99-year-old Duke, Falkirk Council leader Cecil Meiklejohn recalled her own experience of his trademark sense of humour.
She met the Queen and the Duke at the opening of the canal extension, and remembered how he spotted a sign saying 'emergency exit' over a small window, with no glass, that led directly to the canal.
Mrs Meiklejohn said: "He commented on its simplicity and hoped that it wouldn't be required - which immediately made everyone smile and relax a little.
"He was very engaged and interested throughout the visit and spoke very openly."
Mrs Meiklejohn also paid tribute to the way in which the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme had benefited so many young people in the Falkirk area, giving them life experiences and valuable skills.
Labour group leader Robert Bissett expressed his condolences to the Royal Family, describing Prince Philip as a man of "foresight, determination and courage".
He said he remembered being amused by the Duke's sense of humour.
At the opening of the Kelpies, when waiting in line with other councillors to greet the royal visitor, Prince Philip unexpectedly said to him: "You're only here for the beer!
Mr Bissett said: "He broke the ice and made it easier to chat - it seems that was something he did regularly."
Conservative leader James Kerr praised the Duke's selfless public service and dedication to Her Majesty the Queen over seven decades.