Ready to cast off with giant Falkirk scarf

Members of Carronshore Youth Club with their mums and grans knitting sections for the giant Falkirk scarf to go around the Steeple''Picture: Alan Murray
Members of Carronshore Youth Club with their mums and grans knitting sections for the giant Falkirk scarf to go around the Steeple''Picture: Alan Murray

Falkirk’s historic Steeple will soon be decked out in navy blue and white.

A giant woollen scarf will transform the landmark in time for the Scottish Cup Final on May 30.

The idea was the brainchild of Provost Pat Reid and Falkirk Council leader, Councillor Craig Martin – but it is their long-suffering wives who have done much of the work.

However, the whole district has been gripped by a knitting frenzy with panels in the Falkirk Bairns colours being dropped off at the Municipal Buildings in recent days.

Last night, these youngsters at Carronshore Youth Club were joined by their mums and grans to knit and crochet with blue and white wool to add their own pieces to the massive scarf.

Mr Martin said: “It’s been an absolutely tremendous community effort. The idea was always to get everyone involved with the football team and the cup final – even if they weren’t sports fans.

“However, I don’t think we ever expected such a huge response and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved.”

The council leader revealed that they had received one piece of knitting from a woman in Inverness, the team Falkirk face in the cup final.

The scarf is due to be draped on the Steeple on Monday with local companies footing the bill for its installation.

Mr Martin added: “It’s absolutely fantastic and the idea of the scarf has given the whole area a real buzz.”