The West End Festival has announced it will once again produce a winter event for St Andrew’s Day, “Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade”.
The Torchlight Parade will be open and accessible to all families and friends who want to take part, on Thursday, 30 November. Another sparkling event from the West End Festival and supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Glasgow City Council and Byres Road and Lanes BID.
Vouchers for torches are now on sale at a price of £8 via the festival website or you can phone Ticket Source. A donation from every torch sold will be made to a chosen charity. If you want to take part but don’t want to hold a torch, the ticket will be £3 and you’ll receive a wrist band instead. (Price includes VAT and booking fee). As children cannot hold torches, they will get a free glow stick.
This evening celebration of Scotland’s patron saint will take the form of a torchlight parade passing through the main parts of the west end using a rolling road closure. The rolling closure will mean the roads are safe for the procession to walk but will limit any inconvenience to road users.
Michael Dale, festival director said: “We’re delighted that the West End Festival has once again received the support of EventScotland through the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme to be part of this winter’s activity in Glasgow and is able to use its resources to organise a celebratory event for everyone to take part in.
“With the funding, we can be sure to make this event fun and inclusive for people in Glasgow and beyond to both take part and spectate.”
Festival organisers are encouraging those not taking part in the procession to come along and enjoy the spectacle along the route.
Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, said:
“Our patron saint, St Andrew, was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need.
“Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community.
“The West End Festival provides a wide range of events which attracts thousands of visitors to the city. I am sure the torchlight procession produced specifically for St Andrew’s Day will be a spectacular sight as it moves through the west end, accompanied by pipe bands, musicians and fire dancers.”
Full details of the event, timings and how to purchase torches are available on the festival website www.westendfestival.co.uk. Please note the terms and conditions.