The historic town of St Andrews is almost ready for a weekend of colourful celebrations, culminating in major St Andrew's Day events this Sunday (30th November).
Organisers have now revealed the finalised line-up and timings for the outdoor street party on St Andrew's Day. The town centre occasion forms part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals - a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.
Sunday afternoon's festivities – which can be attended free of charge, with no tickets required – will be held on the town's South Street, part of which will be closed to traffic for the day.
Beginning at 1.30pm, the afternoon will be compèred by well-known Scottish comedians Gus Lymburn and Derek Johnstone.
1335 Edinburgh Banghra Crew – an energetic performance of Indian music and dance
1405 Siamsoir Irish Dance Performance Troupe – a show by talented members of the Edinburgh-based Irish Dance Academy
1435 Edinburgh Banghra Crew return to the stage
1450 Street theatre featuring a 40-strong troupe from Byre Youth Theatre under the direction of Conflux
1505 Siamsoir Irish Dance Performance Troupe return to the stage
1545 Anderson McGinty Webster Fisher – this top folk-rock band from Dundee are attracting large crowds wherever they perform across the country.
1615 Byre Youth Theatre return with more street theatre
1700 The day's headline act: EDDI READER AND BAND One of Scotland’s most thrilling and affecting performers, Eddi Reader was first brought into the limelight as front woman for Fairground Attraction - whose #1 single, Perfect, topped the British charts. She has just released her 10th solo album.
1745 Festive Lights Switch on – sponsored by Rufflets Country House Hotel
1745 Byre Youth Theatre return with more street theatre
1800 Madras College Pipe Band parades along South Street
1820 “Dancing Feet” ceilidh band take the stage to lead a mass-participation street ceilidh, organised by the Fellowship of St Andrews. No dancing experience is required and all are welcome to take part. The Ceilidh will conclude at 7.30pm.
The St Andrew's Day performances will mark the climax of a three-day long festival in the town which takes its name from Scotland's patron saint. Other aspects of the weekend include numerous food tastings, demonstrations and special menus(part of the concurrent St Andrews Food and Drink Festival), a sold-out “St Andrews v Rest of the World” golf match, local landmarks opening free of charge, history talks and book signings, and a “do it yourself” performance of Handel's “Messiah” in Holy Trinity Church.
The Celebration events are being co-ordinated by local charity, St Andrews Partnership. Jim McArthur, the Partnership's Chairman said, “Numerous organisations and individuals have worked tirelessly to plan this fantastic programme of events. We hope that their efforts will be rewarded by large attendances throughout the weekend, especially on Sunday afternoon, which promises to be a great occasion.”
Information about all the weekend's events can be viewed at www.standrewsdaycelebrations.com