In common with community events across the country, the Bo’ness Children’s Fair Festival has to watch the pennies from year to year.
And, in a bid to save money - and be much more eco-friendly - the Fair executive has commissioned the construction of a special frontage to be used in future years by the primary school which provides the retinue.
That’s in stark contrast to previous years in which the Queen’s school had the unenviable - and increasingly unwelcome - task of project managing an ambitious specially designed frontage in line with its chosen theme.
Jim Stewart, Children’s Fair executive committee chairman, said this week that the new frontage would be able to be broken down after its debut appearance outside Deanburn Primary School, put into storage and rebuilt as required.
Jim said: ‘‘We’ve got to the stage where it is just not viable for schools to create a unique frontage when it is their turn to provide the retinue.
‘‘With that in mind we have had a frontage built which will be used in rotation from now on.
‘‘That will make a big difference for the schools when it comes to fund-raising in future years.’’
With this change and the introduction of a Guard of Honour to participate in the coronation ceremony, it is clear that volunteers which comprise the fair committee are preserving the best traditions of the event as well as ensuring it is ‘‘fit for purpose’’ in the 21st century.
Added Jim: ‘‘Bo’ness Children’s Fair only continues because of the support we get from Falkirk Council, the town’s schools and, of course, the people of Bo’ness who generously provide substantial support every year.’’