On one of the warmest Advent Fayre days yet, the people of Linlithgow turned out in force to celebrate the start of the festive season.
The day kicked off with the traditional Christmas shopping fayre with dozens of traders and community groups touting their gifts, crafts and homebaking at the Cross and the Burgh Halls.
Weaving among the shoppers was Santa Claus with his abundant sack of sweets and down in the grotto of the Burgh Halls Mrs Claus was on hand to hear the children’s Christmas wishes first hand.
Businesses on the High Street got into the spirit of things by taking part in the window display competition.
Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes Ltd came out on top with their children’s playroom themed display and Purely Patchwork and Debbie Stevenson Hair Design came second and third respectively.
John Kelly, vice-chairman of Linlithow and Linlithgow Bridge Community Council which has organised the fayre for the past 18 years, said: “The judges’ task of determining the best was made difficult by the high quality, humour, innovation and effort invested by very many businesses.”
As darkness fell, 2000 people were drawn to the grand torchlight procession which was led through the High Street by Linlithgow Reed Band, the gala queen’s carriage and Councillor Tom Conn.
Gathering back at the Cross, a carol singing session preceded the switch on of the Christmas tree lights, Linlithgow gala queen Dominque Delahunty doing the honours and meriting cheers from the crowd.
Provost Tom Kerr, who was master of ceremonies on the night, said: “The advent fayre is a marvellous day which continues to be supported year on year.
“The demand for torches at the procession was so great that we’re looking into enhancing capacity for 2015.
“Overall it was a very successful day and a great joined up effort by everyone involved in its organisation.”
Freelance photographer Scott Louden was on hand to capture the action for the Journal and Gazette and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by acting editor Julie Currie.