The Birthday Party

100 years to the day after the Hippodrome first opened, the birthday celebrations were a great success with both houses of the Louis Dickson-esque variety shows sold out in advance. The sun shone all day and folk arriving for the afternoon's celebrations were able to walk up the red carpet to the jolly accompaniment of the Forth Bridges Accordion Band. Inside they were greeted by friendly Hippodrome staff, an usherette in period costume with a generous piece of Oliphant's birthday tray-bake cake sponsored by Bo'net, the Bo'ness Networking Group as they took their seats for the entertainment.

Photograph of the audience

The Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon was Gareth Jones of The Pollock Hammond Partnership, the architects who oversaw the Hippodrome's restoration. In tweed plus-fours and with a buoyant charm, and witty turn of phrase, Gareth was the perfect host - introducing the varied line up of performers including the Barony Players, the Bo'ness Amateur Operatic Society and Gladstone's Bag musical quartet performing their live accompaniment for a selection of comedy shorts and the film of the Bo'ness Children's Fair 1912.

Photograph of the Hippodrome cake

For many people the star of the day's celebrations was the amazing cake created by Bo'ness cake maker Pamela Gray (Angel Cakes)... a stunning creation in the shape of the Hippodrome itself.

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Last updated: 18 July 2013 at 11:21