One beneficiary of the current refurbishment of the town centre is the ‘‘Iron Duke’’ of Wellington whose statue in Newmarket Street is due for a facelift. The great soldier and former Prime Minister has been a Falkirk fixture since 1854, though when he first arrived he stood below the steeple in the old market place where Falkirk folk usually gather to bring in the New Year.
Over the years I have acquired a pretty good knowledge of the history of our district but I must confess that there are a few gaps. That’s why, when someone greets me with the words “Ian, I have a question for you”, I whisper a quick prayer “Please not Maddiston!”. This explains why I have managed to avoid writing about the village for the six year life of this column.
In recent years quite a few communities have acquired new flags which represent something of their shared heritage. Barra, Shetland, Caithness and Orkney are examples which call up ancient connections with Scandinavia at a time when folk feel remote from power centres in Edinburgh and London. As last week’s Herald article reminded us, Denny is the first town in Scotland to adopt a flag which, in Councillor Paul Garner’s words, “is part of our identity and we are proud of it”.
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