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Falkirk canal tunnel to host Burke and Hare play

A play about Burke and Hare is to be performed in the Union Canal tunnel in Falkirk canal tunnel following an upgrade to its lighting system.

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Heather McEwan's photo of the 'UFO' at the Kelpies

Photographer captures ‘UFO’ over Kelpies in Falkirk

An amateur photographer believes she may have captured a UFO hovering over the Kelpies on camera.

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Ineos Grangemouth Refinery has been evacuated.

Grangemouth chemical plant evacuated due to ‘major incident’

The Grangemouth Ineos petrochemicals plant has evacuated workers after a gas leak.

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Homebuyers in Falkirk and Kirkcaldy made some of the biggest cuts to the number of risky mortgages. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Canny Scots steer clear of high-risk mortgage frenzy

Homebuyers in Scotland are steering clear of the risky mortgage frenzy amid fresh fears that many people across the UK could be over-stretching themselves.

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Labour won the most seats at the previous local authority elections in Falkirk, but the SNP has high hopes of regaining power in what is Scotland's fifth largest urban area. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP

Falkirk council election a two-way race between SNP and Labour

It’s Scotland’s fifth largest urban area after the four cities, with an increasing population taking advantage of its central location and excellent transport links.

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Engineers clear cones from the M8 'missing link' before its opening this month. Picture: SWNS

Infrastructure projects worth £6.4 billion underway in Scotland

Infrastructure projects worth almost £6.4 billion will be under construction throughout Scotland in 2017, a report has found.

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Dr Mick North whoses daughter Sophie North who was killed in the Dunblane tragedy. Picture: Danny Lawson /PA

Father of Dunblane victim slams plans for shooting range

The father of a victim of the devastating school shooting in Dunblane has hit out at plans for a shooting range which will use automatic weapons.

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Falkirk High Street. Smaller town centres are in danger of being "hollowed out" as store closures mount, a report has warned. Picture: John Devlin

Quarter of shops in Scotland could close, retail bosses warn

A quarter of shops in Scotland could close within the next decade due to the rise of online retailers and increasing costs, industry research has found.

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Jonathan Peck spent most of his career in the oil sector before launching Falkirk-based Wheeliebox. Picture: John Devlin

Monday interview: Jonathan Peck, owner of Wheeliebox

Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow grabbed headlines at the start of this month after becoming a little more like Hollywood with the installation of a US-style diner on-site.

Companies
The 30m-tall sculptures form the centrepiece of the 43m Helix project. Picture: Peter Sandground

Kelpies to get their first "veterinary health check"

The world's largest equine sculptures are to get their first "health check" from a special "veterinary team", Scottish Canals announced today.
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'Everything in the garden is rosy,' said Beattie boss Laurna Woods. Picture: Contributed

Comms agency Beattie buoyed by record annual results

Beattie, the public relations and ­communications group, has predicted a “flourishing” year ahead after unveiling record annual results.

Media & Leisure
First Scotland East operates 300 buses carrying more than 20 million passengers a year. Picture: Michael Gillen

Paul McGowan: On the bus from perception to reality

Buses carry more passengers than all other forms of public transport combined in the UK and help to generate billions of pounds annually for our local economies.

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The first of ScotRail's new Class 385 electric trains at its Shields Road depot in Glasgow today. Picture: SNS

ScotRail unveils new ‘bullet train inspired’ fleet

It is hailed as being inspired by Japan’s Shinkansen “bullet” train – but ScotRail’s new fleet will be the first in a generation without teething troubles if it proves that reliable.

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New lighting installed in the Falkirk Tunnel last year. Picture: Scottish Canals

Falkirk Tunnel project to throw new light on Burke and Hare

An historic canal tunnel’s grisly past is expected to be highlighted as part of plans to upgrade its lighting.

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Julie Barr of AG Barr, the Cumbernauld-based producers of Irn-Bru. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Scotland’s top-selling food and drink brands revealed

It’s known as Scotland’s other national drink. Now Irn-Bru has been crowned the best-selling Scottish food and drink brand for the second year in a row.

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Kiefer Sutherland is the grandson of Thomas Clement Douglas.

Kiefer Sutherland thanks Falkirk for family statue

A Hollywood star has thanked all those involved in siting a statue to his grandfather at a Falkirk landmark – and has promised to visit soon.

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Vintage VW Campers is holding an open day at its Falkirk base on Small Business Saturday. Picture: Lisa Evans

Event helping small firms prepares for acceleration

Small businesses across ­Scotland are gearing up for a boost in sales during an ­annual event this weekend encouraging support for such organisations.

Companies
Peoples chairman Brian Gilda with his daughter Nicola, the Ford dealer's strategy and operations director. Picture: Contributed

Peoples’ sales drive ahead, but firm fears bumpier 2017

Ford dealership Peoples has delivered its strongest financial results in more than three decades of trading and will keep its foot on the gas despite fears of a consumer slowdown.

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Transport minister Humza Yousaf

Soaring rail costs prompts call for Holyrood control of Network Rail

Transport minister Humza Yousaf today called for full control of Network Rail after it was revealed the cost of some major upgrades had doubled.
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The eerie orange clouds lit up the skies above Falkirk. Picture: Lesley McKenzie

Unusual orange clouds seen in skies above Scotland

Unusual orange clouds seen in the skies over Falkirk were likely artificial clouds caused by the refinery at Grangemouth, according to weather experts.

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