‘Closed’ signs were serious side of Hallowe’en fun day in Bo’ness

Halloween event Bo'ness.    L to R : Zombies Emily Douglas, Brooke Paterson and Olivia Paterson.   Picture Robert Perry 2nd Nov 2014
Halloween event Bo'ness. L to R : Zombies Emily Douglas, Brooke Paterson and Olivia Paterson. Picture Robert Perry 2nd Nov 2014

Visitors to Bo’ness could be faced with a ‘‘closed shop’ scenario if trade does not pick up, according to a town centre business woman.

Val Trotter, of Pebbles Jewellers, spoke out this week, after a fun-filled Hallowe’en celebration in the town which saw hundreds of young people in fancy dress roaming the town centre streets.

“There was a great buzz about the town centre on Saturday but it’s literally like a ghost town most days,” she said.

“You know, after around 10 years trading in Bo’ness, we still get people coming in and asking if we have newly opened!

“It’s amazing, really, that many of our best customers are from out of town and they all comment on the warm welcome they get, the town’s architecture and the variety of shopping in the town.

“But local people don’t seem to appreciate what’s on their doorstep.

“Hallowe’en was the perfect oppportunity for us to ram home the ‘use or lose it’ message.

“Some of us fear that Bo’ness could become a ghost town.”