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Skinflints error prompts apology

Skinflats RSPB reserve
The village, near Grangemouth, is also home to an RSPB reserve.

First Bus has apologised to residents of a Falkirk village after wrongly labelling it Skinflints on timetables.

The error was made for buses travelling to Skinflats, near Grangemouth, which has a population of about 350.

The company said the mistake was printed on timetables for the numbers 10, 11 and 12 buses on 12 January and had now been corrected.

The village was reportedly named by Dutch engineers in the mid 18th Century.

A First Bus spokeswoman said: "There was an error in the map which was immediately withdrawn as soon as we realised.

"If there was any offence caused to anyone then, of course, we do apologise."

Ugliest name

Lifelong resident of Skinflats, Janet Henderson, 77, said she could see the funny side of the error.

She said: "My husband and I had a good laugh about it. I was born in Skinflats and lived here all my life.

"I don't think we are really skinflints."

Robert Jones, 54, added: "Skinflats is a lovely wee place so I'm sure it wasn't meant in malice.

"I'd imagine it was an innocent slip by someone, but they've been recalled and that should be the end of it.

"It's more humorous than malicious."

Detractors have however described Skinflats as having the ugliest name of any town in Scotland.

It was developed in the late 18th century as a settlement to house coal miners from local pits.

It is now best known for its RSPB reserve, home to birds including migrant and wintering wildfowl, pink footed geese and waders.

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