Silent film festival is talk of the town

The fourth annual Silent Film Festival at Bo’ness Hippodrome was a roaring success at the weekend.

With more than 1700 tickets sold, and eight sell-out shows, the five day festival was the biggest yet.

The whole town embraced it, with shops participating in a window display competition. The winning frontage was florist Daizy Rascal, with The Ivy Tea Room and Absolutely Sweet as runners-up.

Mairi Young, owner at Daizy Rascal, said: “I thought it was a great opportunity to become part of the festival and I was delighted when I found out I had won! It took two days to complete.”

On Sunday, a Historic Scotland plaque was unveiled by current Fair chief lady Faye Pullan in recognition of Hippodrome founder, work cinematographer Louis Dickson.

Alison Strauss, director of the festival and programmer of the Hippodrome year-round, said: “The line up for our fourth year has been superlative in terms of the quality of the musicians performing and the range of films we were able to source for the programme.

“Audiences responded with warmth and enthusiasm.”

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesman for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this year’s Festival.

“I hope everyone who enjoyed it will come back to the Hippodrome soon – and won’t stay silent about this wonderful little cinema and all it offers.”