Kelpies get a '˜health' check

When your '˜pet' is in need of a health check who do you call?

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 4:43 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:56 am
16-03-2017. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Helix Park. The Kelpies. When you've got an inch and can't reach to scratch it. You call in the vets. Mick Leckie snr (white hat) and Robert Hay (black hat) both steel erectors for Central Steel Works in Coatbridge sort out Baron's itch. As Duke waits his turn. The Kelpies get their first vet check The Kelpies, the worlds largest pair of equine sculptures, are due their first health check and custodians Scottish Canals have arranged a visit by a rather unique veterinary team, wholl be grooming their coats, checking their teeth, and inspecting every inch of the soaring steel canal guardians. The sculptures  the centrepiece of The Helix project located in Falkirk.

The vet of course.

But in the case of the Kelpies it is people with a slightly different qualification carrying out their check up.

Inspecting their teeth, grooming their coats and inspecting every inch of the iconic sculptures are Mick Leckie snr and Robert Hay, both steel erectors for Central Steel Works in Coatbridge.

The centrepiece equine structures at The Helix project located between Falkirk and Grangemouth are now undergoing a full internal and external inspection as part of an eight-week project, all arranged by custodians Scottish Canals.

Tours inside the structures will remain available throughout the works, with visitors able to see the hard work that goes into caring for Scotland’s newest cultural icons first-hand.

More than 2.5 million visitors from all over the world have stood in the shadow of the sculptures since their unveiling in April 2014, bringing renewed vibrancy and income to the area and boosting the local economy by an estimated £1.5 million per year.