MEMBERS of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society met the Princess Royal in Falkirk last week at a special event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Falkirk Wheel.
The society members were one of several groups invited to meet HRH last Friday when she helped launch the anniversary celebrations.
At the event, she launched the “Wheel 10” festivities and unveiled “Blossom”, a commemorative artwork of roundels and discs designed by schoolchildren along the Millennium Link route between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Last Thursday, LUCS members were part of a 60-boat flotilla which headed to the Wheel to celebrate the anniversary.
Boats from Edinburgh, Ratho, Broxburn and Winchburgh stopped off at the Manse Road basin before heading off along the canal with LUCS’ own vessel “Victoria” .
At the basin, West Lothian’s Provost Tom Kerr and the Deacons’ Court representative John Cunningham welcomed the visiting boats and showed the roundel designed by pupils at Broxburn Primary School.
Earlier that week, LUCS members got the chance to rub shoulders with the Queen when they were invited to attend the Royal garden party at Holyrood House.
As winners of the coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, up to 40 volunteers were invited to the garden party.
LUCS has still to receive the certificate signed by the Queen but they did receive the crystal trophy from Isobel Brydie, Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian at the civic centre in Livingston recently.
Bob Wigley, LUCS chairman, said: “It was certainly a busy time for LUCS members last week.
‘‘It was a great honour to be invited to the garden party and we all had a great time soaking up the atmosphere.
‘‘At the Falkirk Wheel, only eight members represented LUCS and I even got to shake hands with the Princess Royal.
‘‘As the Queen had officially opened the Falkirk Wheel, she was really interested to hear about LUCS and, of course, about us getting the Queen’s Award.”
Among those who attended the Falkirk event were Bob, Judy Gray, wife of LUCS founder Mel, Barbara Braithwaite and Colin McGill.