Challenge facing volunteers

Jim Stewart, fair chairman.
Jim Stewart, fair chairman.

The biggest children’s festival in Scotland is facing an uncertain future as funding is withdrawn.

The Bo’ness Children’s Fair also faces a teachers’ ‘‘rebellion’’ which could see the popular kirking of the queen elect axed.

And the afternoon Command Performance may be relocated to the Glebe Park to cut down on staging costs.

These changes could take effect from 2016.

Said fair chairman Jim Stewart: ‘‘Falkirk Council is facing a funding crisis and we have to accept our share of the cuts.

‘‘In the last five years the council has cut funding to the fair by £9000 with another £2500 going this year and next.

‘‘We on the children’s fair executive understand that and have no complaints when vital services to the elderly and the vulnerable are under threat.’’

The fair continues to ‘‘wash its face’’ but in a bid to conserve its cash, the committee is plannning to ditch the Douglas Park entertainments and bring the retinue back to the Glebe Park after the grand parade.

A looming ‘‘manpower’’ crisis may cripple the kirking and fair day itself as teachers are becoming more resistant to having to work ‘‘out of hours’’ on fair activities.

On a brighter note, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society has offered free trips on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Line to Bo’ness families on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28.