The grand re-opening of Grangemouth’s Zetland Park provided a fantastic opportunity for Highland RFCA to engage with the local community.
The celebratory event on 28 August marked the completion of the £2.5m regeneration of the park, funded by Falkirk Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other partners. The council’s Planning and Greenspace Unit began work on the project in 2017.
Around 7,000 people visited the park during a very busy and fun-packed day. The full 18.5 hectares was used, with stalls, family activities and sports clubs spread throughout the space.
HRFCA Head of Engagement Michelle McKearnon staffed the HRFCA gazebo for the duration with a steady stream of visitors learning about the work of the Association, the Service Cadets and Armed Forces. As always, HRFCA mascot Sgt Maj George Seathwood proved a hit with younger visitors.
The event kicked off at 10am with a duck race that saw hundreds of rubber ducks travelling down Grange Burn with prizes on offer for the winner. There was also an inflatable assault course manned by the Scots Guards.
Other stands included a display by the cadets and adults of 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
Other activities included dog agility and training, music and theatre, a variety of sports taster sessions and a flag raising ceremony.
It was a very successful day all round and many thanks go to Falkirk Council for inviting HRFCA along.