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Romans and pirates in Bo’ness this weekend

ROMANS and pirates are heading to Bo’ness in central Scotland this weekend . . . to help celebrate the town’s amazing history.

On Saturday (Sept 19), members of the Antonine Guard Roman re-enactment group will be in town centre to mark the high point of the “The Big Roman Week” – a mini-festival to mark the area’s Roman roots. There will also be an Italian Market and Italian music.

The Hippodrome Cinema is joining in the fun, showing the Oscar-winning Roman epic, Spartacus, on Saturday afternoon. The Bo’ness Italian Market opens for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs until 4 p.m. The movie starts at 2.30 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon (Sept 20), the focus shifts to Kinneil Estate, for the Bo’ness park’s annual free heritage day.

This year’s theme is Pirates – giving a nod to Bo’ness’s past as leading seaport.

Pirates will perform in the main arena, there will be swash buckling storytelling, face painting, a charity market and lots more for all the family to enjoy. Children are being encouraged to dress up as pirates and take part in the Central FM roadshow.

The heritage day fun kicks off with free tours of historic Kinneil House, starting at noon (last admission 3.30 p.m.) The Council-run event gets fully underway at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Kinneil Museum will be open – allowing youngsters to try making their very own Roman coins and find out more about the estate’s rich history. The Italian Market will also move to the Estate for its second day in the town.

Falkirk Council’s convener of leisure, tourism and community, Councillor Adrian Mahoney, said: “It should be a great heritage weekend – offering something for everyone.

“There will be fantastic Italian products on sale over two days in Bo’ness, re-enactment groups to entertain families, fun for children – and a chance to learn a little about the amazing history of Bo’ness and Kinneil. Flyers giving full details are available at local outlets, including Bo’ness library.”