So far so good for Mod

THE MOD is running smoothly as it reaches its half way mark.

Janet MacDonald, Mod Convener, announced at a press conference this morning (Tuesday) that splitting competitions between Falkirk Town Hall and Comely Park Primary School meant people could easily walk between the venues, while having events take place at the same time was also proving beneficial.

She said: "Some of our oral competitions are running along side each other, making it a lot more fluent in terms of time tabling."

Tuesday's Mod activities got off to a good start, with special guest Jennifer Campbell from Dollar, attending the boy's silver medal at Falkirk Town Hall and presenting prizes afterwards.

Ms Campbell is the grand-daughter of John Campbell of Oban who co-founded An Comunn and Am Mod in 1891. During her visit Ms Campbell brought with her a quaich cup engraved with her grandfather's name and the date of the first Mod meeting in 1891 as well as with the dates of the first two official Mods in 1892 and 1893.

Miss Scotland, Stephanie Willemse was also in town, attending events at the town hall.

It was a big day in the Mod Fringe calendar with a talk on Falkirk Trysts by professor Donald Meek taking place at Callendar House and children's festival workshops being held at Camelon Education Centre.

Councillor Angus MacDonald, Falkirk Mod convener said: "We have been pleased so far with the way things have been going with both the official programme and the fringe programme. There has been full house turnouts for the workshops and sessions so far.

"The canal barges are still going on and there will be live music at the band stand, as well as music and creative workshops which are targeted at locals and Mod visitors."