We Are The Steeple! Scarf goes public on Monday morning

Our artist's impression of how the Steeple 'could' look. Picture - Michael Gillen
Our artist's impression of how the Steeple 'could' look. Picture - Michael Gillen

Falkirk’s Steeple will be wrapped in a giant scarf on Monday to mark the football team’s Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

Work on the High Street landmark will begin around 10 a.m. and is expected to be finished between 6p.m. and 8p.m.

The idea was discussed between Provost Pat Reid and council leader Craig Martin in the aftermath of the club’s semi-final triumph over Hibernian, when a Craig Sibbald header sealed a 1-0 win.

Other fans had ideas for scarves to be placed on the newest local landmark – The Kelpies in the Helix Park – and one online campaign took off via Facebook, attracting thousands of comments of support.

After the idea appeared on the front of The Falkirk Herald last month Provost Pat Reid collected the knitted panels, having come up with the idea as both his and Councillor Martin’s wives crochet.

In an online update to the Falkirk supporters’ COYB Cup Final Facebook page the First Citizen said: “Thanks very much to the many who responded – from 88 year old Mrs D to the Carronshore youngsters and from close at home to Kilmartin and Inverness! It’s your scarf!

“Special mention to the ‘Kelpies need Scarves’ campaign which generated so much interest.....sorry that your aspirations could not be met this time.

“Thanks again to every single person involved no matter how big or small your contribution.”

The scarf will be handed over to the Falkirk Delivers office at 9.30a.m. on Monday morning. The rigging crew will start work around 10 to be completed between 6-8 pm.

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