Bo’ness Hippodrome Founder Honoured

Louis Dickson (1880 - 1960), founder of the Bo’ness Hippodrome,  is one of the twelve historic figures to be celebrated in the first year of Scotland’s  Commemorative Plaque Scheme.  He documented the fairs, festivals, schools, sports fixtures and celebrations, of Bo’ness on camera over 50 years, which survive to this day in the Scottish Screen Archive.

The announcement was made by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

The Commemorative Plaque scheme is designed to celebrate the life and achievements of significant historic figures, through the erection of a plaque on their home where they lived, or the building that was particularly synonymous with their achievements.

The nominations were submitted by the public and the final twelve chosen by an independent panel of experts with the first year of the Commemorative Plaque Scheme celebrating the Year of Creative Scotland.

Ms Hyslop said:  “The Commemorative Plaque Scheme highlights the range of incredible creativity shown by the talented people of Scotland, celebrating individuals such as Louis Dickson, who opened Scotland’s first purpose built cinema in Bo'ness, the Hippodrome, in Hope Street in 1912.

“It also  commemorates historic figures who have made a significant contribution to Scotland and the world  including television pioneer John Logie Baird, steam pioneer James Watt and Archibald Findlay, Fife potato geneticist who produced the first blight-resistant potato, making the food safe from disease.”

Published on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

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