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Three of Falkirk’s most popular attractions collected gold at Scotland’s premier hospitality awards ceremony in Glasgow earlier this week.

Voted for by the public, Callendar House (pictured above) won Family Venue of the Year at the Scottish Hospitality Awards.

The Great Mariner Reef soft play scooped Children’s Play Centre of the Year and FTH Theatre picked up gold for Live Entertainment/Nightclub of the Year.

Two other Falkirk venues were awarded runner up in their respective categories. Runner up in the Tourist Attraction of the Year was The Helix, and The Hippodrome in Bo’ness was runner up for Best Cinema Experience.

Recognising success

The Scottish Hospitality Awards aim to celebrate the dedication, skill and customer service of the professionals that work within establishments where excellence is standard.

They also aim to acknowledge those who make a positive difference in the sector as well as the efforts the experts put in to ensuring their visitors always receive great customer service and unforgettable experiences.

Challenging two years

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council said: "This is a fabulous result for our venues. The last two years have been challenging for everyone and we are pleased to have been able to re-open all of our venues at various stages and welcome back our customers.

"Our recovery in recent months has been very encouraging. Our customers have expressed their delight at our re-opening and for providing facilities that they consider safe. I’d like to thank all our customers and visitors for voting for their favourite venues and acknowledging the high level of service that we offer."

Hard work

Lesley O’Hare, Cultural Services Manager said: “We are overjoyed to have the hard work and dedication of our leisure and culture teams recognised in this way, especially in the face of such esteemed nominees in each category.

“We faced stiff competition from several top-performing venues including the National Museum of Flight in North Berwick, Pandamonium Play Centre in Erskine and the Music Hall in Aberdeen. We are honoured to have received three prestigious industry awards.

A positive difference

A spokesperson for The Scottish Hospitality Awards 2022, said: “The Awards have acknowledged some incredible individuals who make a positive difference to the hospitality industry. We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their amazing achievements."

A full list of all winners is available online.