Kelpies have their first ‘vet’s’ check

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SCOT­TISH CANALS HAVE sent in a unique team of ‘vets’ for the first health check on the world’s largest pair of equine sculp­tures.

The 30-me­tre Kelpies – the cen­tre­piece of The He­lix project lo­cated be­tween Falkirk and Grange­mouth – are now un­der­go­ing a full in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­spec­tion as part of an eight-week project.

Tours in­side the struc­tures will re­main avail­able as the team grooms the horses, checks their teeth and in­spects ev­ery inch of the soar­ing steel canal guardians.

Richard Mil­lar, Direc­tor of In­fras­truc­ture at Scot­tish Canals, said: “As The Kelpies ap­proach their third birth­day, the main­te­nance work as part of this im­por­tant health check will en­sure th­ese global wa­ter­way icons are de­liv­er­ing for Scot­land over the next cen­tury and be­yond.”

Although they are im­pres­sive, the Kelpies are only part of the £43m He­lix project. The scheme has trans­formed 350 hectares of un­der­used land be­tween Falkirk and Grange­mouth into a vi­brant park­land, vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and ma­rine hub with the canal.

In­spi­ra­tion for The Kelpies came from the horses that pulled boats and cargo along the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in their hey­day.

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