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  • 27 November 2014

    Final details of St Andrew's Day Celebrations in St Andrews Announced

     

    Final details of 30th November 
    St Andrews  celebrations announced
    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
     

    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 

    Category: Winter Festivals News

  • 25 November 2014

    FARAH RETURNING TO GREAT EDINBURGH XCOUNTRY IN JANUARY

    Double OIympic champion Mo Farah will return to his roots when he opens his 2015 racing schedule at the international Great Edinburgh XCountry at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh on Saturday 10 January.

    Farah, who forged his distance running reputation as a winter mudlark and the reigning World, Olympic and European 5,000m and 10,000m champion will be contesting his first cross country race for four years when he lines up in the televised new year event in the Scottish capital, part of the prestigious IAAF Cross Country Permit series.

    As a 15-year-old, Farah made his name on the national scene as a runaway winner of the intermediate boys’ race at the 1999 English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Luton. Seven years later, in 2006, he claimed his first international title when he won the senior men’s race at the European Cross Country Championships at San Giorgio su Lugano in Italy.

    Now, as he prepares for a 2015 summer track season in which he intends to defend his World Championship 5,000m and 10,000m crowns in Beijing, the 31-year-old home hero of London 2012 will be laying the groundwork with his first cross country race since he triumphed in the 8k Great Edinburgh International race in January 2011.

    “Next year will be an important year for me and I’m looking forward to returning to the Great Edinburgh Cross Country to kick off my season. For many years I ran cross country to build my base for the summer track season and it will be nice to return to Edinburgh and try to repeat my winning run of 2011 there.” said Farah.

    Farah’s US coach Alberto Salazar was best known as a marathon man – a three time winner of the New York City Marathon – but he was a firm believer in the benefits of cross country during his own trailblazing distance running career. He won the US title three times and finished runner-up to Mohammed Kedir of Ethiopia in the 1982 World Cross Country Championships in Rome, relegating Kiwi Rod Dixon to third place.

    Salazar played a key role in guiding Farah through a testing time this year, helping him back to international prominence. After finishing eighth on his testing marathon debut in London in April and then missing the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness, Farah won the 5,000m and 10,000m at the European Chamionships in Zurich in August, adding to the double golds he achieved at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships.

    He then broke Steve Ovett’s 36-year-old British two miles best time in Birmingham before ending his racing schedule for the year on a high, becoming the first British man to win the Great North Run since Steve Kenyon back in the mists of 1985.

    “It was a fantastic feeling winning the Great North Run in front of a home crowd in September and I’m sure there will be plenty of support in Edinburgh for my first event in 2015.” said Farah.

    The Great Edinburgh XCountry, televised live on BBC, is part of a new year festival for runners of all abilities, based at Holyood Park, next to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

    The popular Great Winter Run, held on a scenic 5k course that loops around Arthur’s Seat, provides the public with a perfect opportunity to dust off the New Year cobwebs before watching the world’s best test themselves in the international cross country races.

    For entry to the Great Winter Run visit www.greatrun.org/winter

    Category: International Events

  • 25 November 2014

    Glasgow Celebrates St Andrew’s Day with City Centre Light Show and Free Family Entertainment

     

    Glasgow Celebrates St Andrew’s Day with City Centre Light Show and Free Family Entertainment
    Glasgow will celebrate Scotland’s patron saint with a day of celebration in the heart of the city on St Andrew’s Day.
    George Square will be packed with a day full of fabulous entertainment and music for everyone to enjoy on Sunday 30th November. 
    Glasgow Loves St Andrew’s Day is part of the Year of Homecoming and Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.
    A fantastic light show projected onto Glasgow City Chambers will portray a snapshot of Scotland on St Andrew’s Day, showing St Andrew’s Day being celebrated across the country and demonstrating Scotland’s worldwide cultural influence, rich heritage and diverse cultural traditions. 
    The Light show will run twice an hour from 4.30pm into the evening.
    From 12pm family friendly activities with a St Andrew’s Day theme will be on offer inside the Christmas Workshop including; live piping from Glasgow-based Williamwood Pipe Band, street theatre, puppet show Looking for Nessie and storytelling led by Robert the Bruce. 
    The evening will feature live music from one of the best Ceilidh bands in Scotland, Gunna Sound, whose combination of music, song and good west coast craic will be sure to entertain. 
    All of the St Andrew’s Day entertainment will be free. 
    Traditional, Scottish food and drink will be available to buy in the Alpine Bar and the al fresco café. 
    Glasgow Loves Christmas activities will also continue throughout St Andrew’s Day with the ice rink, big wheel, fairground attractions and food and drink stalls open as normal.
    Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “As we have seen throughout the year of the best ever Commonwealth Games, no-one knows how to celebrate like Glasgow and the St Andrew’s Day events in George Square will allow all the family to take part. We have something for everyone available in the heart of the city from the very traditional through to more modern representations of Scottish culture. It will be a St Andrew’s Day to remember for all the family.”
    Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our world-renowned warm and friendly welcome. 
    “That’s why, once again, we are encouraging Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us in celebrating our national day at one of hundreds of brilliant events and attractions taking place across Scotland – including at Glasgow Loves St Andrew’s Day, which has an exciting line-up of St Andrew’s Day themed activities.” 

    Glasgow will celebrate Scotland’s patron saint with a day of celebration in the heart of the city on St Andrew’s Day.

    George Square will be packed with a day full of fabulous entertainment and music for everyone to enjoy on Sunday 30th November. 

    Glasgow Loves St Andrew’s Day is part of the Year of Homecoming and Scotland’s Winter Festivals, a programme of events funded by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.

    A fantastic light show projected onto Glasgow City Chambers will portray a snapshot of Scotland on St Andrew’s Day, showing St Andrew’s Day being celebrated across the country and demonstrating Scotland’s worldwide cultural influence, rich heritage and diverse cultural traditions. The Light show will run twice an hour from 4.30pm into the evening.

    From 12pm family friendly activities with a St Andrew’s Day theme will be on offer inside the Christmas Workshop including; live piping from Glasgow-based Williamwood Pipe Band, street theatre, puppet show Looking for Nessie and storytelling led by Robert the Bruce. 

    The evening will feature live music from one of the best Ceilidh bands in Scotland, Gunna Sound, whose combination of music, song and good west coast craic will be sure to entertain. 

    All of the St Andrew’s Day entertainment will be free. 

    Traditional, Scottish food and drink will be available to buy in the Alpine Bar and the al fresco café. 

    Glasgow Loves Christmas activities will also continue throughout St Andrew’s Day with the ice rink, big wheel, fairground attractions and food and drink stalls open as normal.

    Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “As we have seen throughout the year of the best ever Commonwealth Games, no-one knows how to celebrate like Glasgow and the St Andrew’s Day events in George Square will allow all the family to take part. We have something for everyone available in the heart of the city from the very traditional through to more modern representations of Scottish culture. It will be a St Andrew’s Day to remember for all the family.”

    Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our world-renowned warm and friendly welcome. 

    “That’s why, once again, we are encouraging Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us in celebrating our national day at one of hundreds of brilliant events and attractions taking place across Scotland – including at Glasgow Loves St Andrew’s Day, which has an exciting line-up of St Andrew’s Day themed activities.” 

    Go here for more information >> www.glasgowloveschristmas.com/glasgow-loves-standrews-day 

     

    Category: Winter Festivals News

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