Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, and Michael Matheson MSP, Falkirk West, have today congratulated The Kelpies on winning the Pioneer Award at the inaugural World Canals Awards.

The 30-metre high tourist attraction, which sits on the border between the two constituencies, won the award which acknowledges projects that are paving the way in growing tourism or creating sustainable income streams linked to the world’s canals. With major increases in tourism to the area attributed to The Kelpies and The Helix, the globally recognised Kelpies beat several other projects from across the world to win the title.

After lodging a motion in Parliament praising the success of The Kelpies in winning this award, Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East said:

“This award is another in a long list of fantastic achievements belonging to The Kelpies. Not only have they given a new lease of life to the stretch of the canal here, they are an internationally recognised symbol for the Falkirk District, and for Scotland, to say that we are open for business, and are ready to welcome the world.

Commenting on the success, Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said:

“The Kelpies have now become a major national attraction, which brings thousands of people into the Falkirk area. It's fantastic news that they have been awarded such a prestigious prize at the World Canals Conference recently held in Inverness.

“I would like to congratulate all those involved in showcasing the Kelpies and hope that their hard work continues to be recognised by many more accolades such as this.”




Angus MacDonald MSP's tabled motion in Parliament - 22/9/16:

Title: The Kelpies wins Pioneer Award at the inaugural World Canals Awards

That the Parliament welcomes the success of The Kelpies on being awarded the Pioneer Award at the inaugural World Canals Awards, which took place at the World Canals Conference in Inverness; notes that the conference is being held in Scotland for the first time in over a decade and gives an opportunity to share information and promote Scotland’s increasingly important inland waterway network; recognises that The Kelpies, along with the Helix, have been instrumental in bringing more visitors to Falkirk District from around Scotland and across the world, with one million visitors in the first 12 months of their opening; notes that The Kelpies are the world’s largest equine sculptures, developed through a partnership between Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals and supported by an award of £25 million from the Big Lottery Fund; considers that, in order to maximise the impact that these fantastic, award-winning assets have on Falkirk District, the people of Grangemouth and Falkirk, to whom they belong, should ultimately be responsible for decisions made in relation to them and to use them as they see fit; further congratulates The Kelpies, which are situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal and River Carron, on winning this prestigious award, and wishes everyone involved in both projects continued success in the future.

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