Advent Fayre gets festive season off to bright start

241112  Linlithgow advent fayre.
241112 Linlithgow advent fayre.

LINLITHGOW came to life on Saturday when the annual Advent Fayre and Torchlight Procession lit up the town.

During the day, there was a craft fair at St Peter’s Church, a farmers market at the Vennel and a collection of stalls at the popular street fair through the town.

241112  Torch loght procession and xmas lights switch on at linlithgow .

241112 Torch loght procession and xmas lights switch on at linlithgow .

Santa Claus made an early visit to the Cross and queues lined up at Low Port Primary to pick up their torches to make the annual torchlight procession through the town, before carol singing and the big Christmas light switch on by Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge gala queen Fiona Tuckett.

Local resident Sean Magee said: “The torchlit procession was wonderful.

‘‘I have lived in Linlithgow for many years and this is the first time I have attended - what a great event. My wife, two sons and I really enjoyed ourselves.”

The Regent Centre and High St window display competition proved popular and first prize and Festival Cup winner was J Walker Carpets.

241112  Torch loght procession and xmas lights switch on at linlithgow .

241112 Torch loght procession and xmas lights switch on at linlithgow .

Second prize went to Truly Scrumptious 
Designer Cakes Ltd who were awarded the 
Community Cup and third prize went to this year’s new contender A Wee Mindin’ who took the Festival Vase, all presented by Bridgend gala queen Chelsea Minto.

Norman Cummings, Williamson Design Florist Ltd, Fair Tradewinds, Purely Patchwork and Centre Stage Dancewear were highly commended.

Organiser John Kelly said: “Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council greatly appreciated all those who decorated windows in time for the judges’ assessment prior to the Advent Fayre.

‘‘Also, the community council appreciated the effort put in by shopkeepers, businesses, and those from West Lothian Council who went the extra mile to make the Regent Centre and High Street a seasonally attractive place.”

241112  Torch loght procession and xmas lights switch on at linlithgow .

241112 Torch loght procession and xmas lights switch on at linlithgow .

Rev Richard Houston gave a short address, Radio Grapevine provided the music and former councillor Eddie Malcolm was MC.