Airing your dirty laundry…
Posted on September 4, 2015
Walking with Words got off its marks this week on a stroll up the Great Canal to Falkirk Wheel. Eyes were sharpened, photos posted, tweets twittered and words were even committed to paper.
Falkirk historian Geoff Bailey gave us food for thought in a fascinating talk with archive maps in the social history section on the top floor of Falkirk Library framed by stunning views. From bleaching sheets with sour milk in public parks to tar works and the war office (The Canal Inn) we looked at the transformation of local industry owing to the canal.
We had a great bunch of walkers including poet Paul Tonner and local novelist Helen MacKinven who explained all about school life at St Mungo’s, skipping school just like the Bairns generations before them who would spend all morning hitching rides from the Dutch fishing fleet as they passed from East to West.