Dancers step out at Palace

080812  Scotch hop at linlithgow palace.
080812 Scotch hop at linlithgow palace.
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IT WAS that time of year again when the pipes were playing and dancers got their kilts in a twist at the Palace.

Linlithgow Scotch Hop 2012 went out on a high last Wednesday with brilliant sunshine and 350 visitors.

Organiser John Carswell said: “It was fantastic and we had wonderful weather to finish on.

“I think with the Olympics and the bad weather generally, we had less of a turnout this year, but it was still good. I know of people who check the webcam online during the summer to watch us as well!”

The Scotch Hop is in its 23rd year and there were visitors from Germany, USA, France, and Italy, all enjoying the best of Scottish culture. Due to Linlithgow Pipe Band disbanding, Camelon Pipe Band filled in and local piper John Shaw played Flower of Scotland at the popular event.

John thanked Historic Scotland and West Lothian Council, and is already looking forward to next year.

Linlithgow Scotch Hop is now on Facebook and Twitter and the next hop will be the Rotary Scotch Hop on November 10 at the Queen Margaret Hall with Wayne Robertson’s band in aid of Polio Plus.