A ROYAL message helped the Hippodrome’s centenary celebrations finish with a flourish on Sunday evening.
Bo’ness cinemagoers and organisers from Falkirk Community Trust were sent Her Majesty The Queen’s ‘warm good wishes’.
Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, Marjory McLachlan, delivered the special greetings at the Hippodrome 100 project’s wrap party event.
Sonia Bonici, Buckingham Palace’s senior correspondence officer, wrote: “Her Majesty was interested to learn about the year long festivities that have taken place to mark this notable anniversary, and I have been asked to convey The Queen’s warm good wishes to you and to all who will be present (at the wrap party), for a most enjoyable and successful gathering.”
The 60-plus special events included screenings in a buffet car at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, an ambassador mentoring scheme for 18 to 30 year olds, and a public art project for over 150 Bo’ness school children.
Nearly 1000 active participants and 3000-plus audience members were reached. Falkirk Community Trust, Falkirk Council, The National Lottery via Creative Scotland, and VisitFalkirk provided funds.
On Sunday a screening of Brigadoon, whose star Gene Kelly would have been 100 this year, was enjoyed by audience members sporting touches of tartan. They had been treated to mulled wine and mince pies beforehand.
Ian Scott, the trust’s board chairman, said: “We are honoured that Her Majesty has written to us in recognition of the Hippodrome’s centenary.
“The Hippodrome 100 project has been our opportunity to bring something extra to what we offer year-round and we’re grateful to our project funders and partners for their support across the year.
“We seized this unique chance to engage our existing audiences and to reach new audiences with a creative programme spreading the word far and wide: that Scotland’s first picture palace is a national treasure.”
View a project highlights film at www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/hippodrome100