Record numbers celebrate Scotland’s national day with torchlight parade

Saturday November 30, 2019

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To celebrate St Andrew’s Day on Saturday we organised a special torchlit walk and record numbers turned out to mark Scotland’s national day.

 (Photo credit Martin Shields)

Now in its fourth year, the St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade is part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme and aims to encourage more people to celebrate Scotland’s national day.

It is thought around 1,000 people participated in the torchlight parade and many hundreds more lined the streets to cheer us on.

(Photo credit Gavin McCourt)

As part of an awareness campaign leading up to the event, international students from Glasgow University helped document what makes Glasgow special for them through short videos and link their home countries to Scotland. Check them out on our YouTube channel here.

Michael Dale, West End Festival director, said: “We have strong international links and it was important for us to make sure we were inclusive to all the different communities here in Glasgow and indeed Scotland. We want to thank the students for their time and hope they have a deeper connection with our dear green place, now.”

 (Photo credit Gavin McCourt)

Scotland will observe St Andrew’s Day as a public holiday on Monday, 2 December as St Andrew’s Day falls on a weekend.

Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival finished: “We’re thrilled that this is the biggest St Andrew’s Day parade we’ve had and shows that there is public interest in marking Scotland’s national day. What a fantastic evening we’ve had.”

 (Photo credit Gavin McCourt)

Thank you to everyone participated with family and friends and made some new memories of #GoodTimesinGlasgow! 

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