Floral displays back on track

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A Linlithgow-based community group is celebrating the news that it will receive donations from the ScotRail Cultural and Arts Fund.

Burgh Beautiful is one of 15 groups to share £40,000 in the first round of awards from the fund since it was established in November last year.

The group, which is already one of ScotRail’s station adopters, will use the £560 grant to create textile art banners to display in Linlithgow station which promote historical and architectural aspects of the town.

Jean Long, Burgh Beautiful secretary, said: “We’re delighted to receive the funding from ScotRail’s cultural and arts fund.

“The banners will communicate notable messages about Linlithgow to the community, visitors to the town and rail users.”

Elaine Bell, ScotRail’s head of corporate social responsibility, said: “We believe we are much more than a railway operator and have a significant part to play in improving our communities.

“The cultural and arts fund was created to offer support to community groups and individuals whose valuable work enriches the lives of people across the country.”

Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, said: “Widening access to the arts is a top priority for the Scottish Government and we’re working hard to ensure people of all ages have the opportunity to access, enjoy and participate in cultural activity and experience our heritage.

“We know culture and the arts can tackle inequalities, empower people and transform lives.

“The ScotRail cultural and arts fund demonstrates an ongoing commitment to ensuring that communities across Scotland are supported to create and participate, so that all the hard work and imagination that contribute to the cultural life of our communities is recognised and rewarded.

“I encourage interested individuals and groups to apply for the next round of funding.”

The deadline for applications for the next round of funding is June 30 with successful applicants being announced in July.

Foundation Scotland, an independent charity with almost 20 years of experience, will manage the next round of funding on behalf of ScotRail.

Groups interested in submitting an application should visit www.scotrail.co.uk/cafund for more information.