The contribution to Bo’ness civic and political life by three former Councillors who between them served the communities of Bo’ness and Blackness for over 110 years collectively has been made in the shape of a pastel portrait by local artist Sandra McKenzie.
The picture which shows the late Constable brothers, Harry and John as well as retired Councillor Beth Eaglesham who still lives in the town was commissioned by the local branch of the SNP and donated to Falkirk Council by the party. Nationalists want to hang the picture in the Hippodrome Cinema as a tribute to the leading role played by the three in the refurbishment and re-opening of the iconic attraction.
Current SNP Councillor for the Town, Ann Ritchie said,
“The picture is a marvellous capture of the likeness of John, Harry and Beth and their personalities really shine through and we have nothing but praise for the artist, Bo’ness’s own Sandra McKenzie
We wanted to preserve their piece of Bo’ness history as in a visual way that would be a positive contribution to the town yet would not cost the public purse a penny.
Bo’ness Branch of the SNP were therefore delighted to commission the picture and meet the cost of its framing and now we have great pleasure in donating it to Falkirk Council for display locally.”
Explaining why the SNP believe that the Hippodrome is the most appropriate place for the picture to be hung SNP Councillor Sandy Turner who won the by-election caused by the death of John Constable said,
“John, Harry and Beth had countless achievements on behalf of the people of Bo’ness and Blackness but their real passion was the regeneration of Bo’ness town centre of which the Hippodrome formed a major plank.
I recall the sceptical voices that said it would never happen but these three individuals would not take no for an answer and drove the project forward relentlessly.
The direct result of this is the Hippodrome today and to have the images of the architects of the cinemas revival hanging on the wall seems a proper tribute to us.