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Falkirk Community Trust has been collaborating with Sustrans on their wonderful Greenways project to bring some local heritage to life along the foreshore at Bo’ness. This is one of the stories from the project.

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Falkirk Community Trust has been collaborating with Sustrans on their wonderful Greenways project to bring some local heritage to life along the foreshore at Bo’ness. This is one of the stories from the project.

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Coal mining, until its eventual decline, was at the heart of heavy industry, fuelling the fires of factories and ironworks all over the country. This was particularly true in the Falkirk District, where mining played a vital role in the majority of towns and villages in the area. For the people in these towns, the mines were a central aspect of everyday life, and played a significant role in the community. Many children were put to work in the pits until the mid-1800s and had to work in dreary and dangerous conditions from an incredibly young age. 

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