The Hub – Happy Birthday to a Falkirk Icon!
For over 400 years a Steeple has dominated the Falkirk skyline. As many of you may already be aware the current Steeple is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
Since March the THI Team has been working with Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Delivers, Falkirk Council and Falkirk Local History Society planning how to commemorate the occasion. The Steeple 200 celebration weekend on 20th and 21st September was the result of this.
Across the weekend Falkirk High Street became a hive of activity with live music and heritage activities. There was a real buzz in the town added to by street entertainers which included Surreal McCoy and a traditional town crier and drummer in costume. For the first time in living memory the Steeple was open to the public and over 400 people were lucky enough to have a guided tour of the old jail cells.
On Saturday various music groups entertained the community along the High Street. Falkirk Community Trust Learning Team took part in the Farmers Market sharing traditional recipes which they make in the Kitchen at Callender House.
Julia had a stall about traditional street toys and games. Many people remembered playing with toys such as the gird and cleat and some even had a go playing with them. Local schools were involved in a flashmob at the base of the Steeple which added to the buzz.
The celebration on Sunday was dominated by the stage in front of the Steeple. Live music was heard from groups including Castforth and The Tonkeers.
Provost Pat Reid gave the famous toast to the Bairns of Falkirk and Falkirk Football Club carried the Steeple’s birthday cake. The grand finale and the highlight of the day was the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
The Steeple’s past is also being remembered in a new exhibition focusing on the history of current building and its predecessors in the Howgate Shopping Centre. The exhibition features objects from the Steeple which have not been on display for many years including a door, keys and old bell from the clock. Displayed alongside this is artwork produced by four local primary schools exploring the history of Steeple through art (mentioned in my previous blog https://ourfalkirksteeple.wordpress.com/).
The exhibition is open until 13th November and we hope as many locals as possible will get the chance to find out more about this local icon.
Every Saturday from 11th October Julia will be in the exhibition leading craft activities for children. Why not come along and make your own mini steeple!
The Steeple is one of the priority projects in the THI area. Both the interior and the exterior of the building will be restored as part of the THI project. This work will insure the building will remain a part of Falkirk for years to come.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the THI, events and projects then please visit our website www.falkirkthi.com.
Heritage Engagement Officer
Falkirk Community TrustFalkirk Business Hub
01324 614 061