All roads lead to Bo’ness for Roman festival

16-09-13. Hippodrome. Roman week.
16-09-13. Hippodrome. Roman week.

Local people have been turning out in their droves to find out what the Romans did for them at this year’s nine-day extravaganza.

Organiser Maria Ford of the Friends of Kinneil charity hailed the fifth annual Roman festival as the best yet.

She said: “It has been wonderful and getting bigger and better every year.”

There has been fun for all with walks, talks, family events, film shows and art 
activities encouraging people to explore their Roman roots.

Maria added:“The beauty of it is that many of the events are free of charge, thanks to the support we get from Falkirk Council.

“The children have been having a great time and tomorrow they have the opportunity to dress up as gladiators.”

Tomorrow’s events for children take place in Bonnybridge and Bo’ness libraries followed by a family friendly Roman encampment at 
Kinneil Museum.

Maria added: “It is also wonderful that professionals like Linda Tuttiett, the chief executive of the Hadrian’s Wall Trust and celebrity chef John Crouch want to be part of the festival and have given their time free of charge.”

Ms Tuttiett’s talk and film show at Bo’ness Hippodrome cinema on Monday on the English Roman wall, which is part of the same World Heritage Site as the Antonine Wall in Falkirk district, proved to be a highlight of the festival.

BBC radio chef John Crouch is staging the Great Roman Cook Off at St Mary’s Church hall to round off the festival on Sunday.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney said: “We couldn’t have a bake-off – so will have a cook-off to show the kind of things the 
Romans would have been eating 2000 years ago,

“The festival covers a third of the Antonine Wall, with events from Bo’ness to Bonnybridge.’’