High winds force Fair cancellation

HIGH winds blew the Victorian Street Fair off the Bo’ness event map on Sunday, with the town centre bash cancelled for the first time in its history.

Bitterly disappointed organisers were this week left counting the cost of having to pull the plug at the eleventh hour, being left with no option on health and safety grounds.

The street fair totals a ‘few thousand pounds’ for partner organisations - including town centre management and Bo’ness Community Council - to lay on and takes months to plan.

It was to feature approx 50 stalls, with several charity groups, plus music, entertainment and attractions.

Not just a fun family day out, it also boosts trade for Bo’ness businesses.

Assistant town centre manager Mary Jane Armstrong said: “There was no wind at 6am - it started to whip up by 11am.

“The stalls were all in place and it was going to be the biggest ever, but I’d rather keep people safe.”

She thanked everyone, saying she’d been overwhelmed by their support and understanding.

People arriving for the fair were encouraged to go into shops, cafes and the Hippodrome.

Stallholders, who’d paid upfront, will be contacted and offered either a refund or the chance to take part in a rescheduled event. It’s hoped to have a scaled-down street fair or a charities day in the near future, with partners due to get round the table to discuss options.

Stalls had been secured with cable, but that didn’t stop an empty Hope Street one being swept off the ground and blown against the wall by the gusts.

Val Trotter of Pebbles, said: “The stallholders could not have put their goods out, they would have just blown away.’’