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.
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.
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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