Linlithgow could have another reason for people to “linger longer”.
The proposed Linlithgow Town Centre Business Improvement District steering group is developing a new festival to add to the list of events that attract visitors to the town.
Steering group member Wendy Shaw explained: “We were inspired to develop a Linlithgow food and drink festival after hearing about the success of a similar event in Elgin that is expected to attract 20,000 visitors to the town.”
“We want to deliver exciting projects as soon as we can after a positive ballot in the summer, so we’ve been exploring a Linlithgow festival as part of Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight in September.”
“Any local food and drink businesses can get involved in this. We’ve had interest from home-based businesses, national retailers and local restaurants. We want to showcase all aspects of Linlithgow food and drink.”
“We’ve applied for funding of £10,000 and had positive conversations from interested parties regarding sponsorship.
‘‘It will be backed by a nationwide marketing campaign and will promote the Linlithgow brand to a huge audience.”
The businesses in the town centre and the Mill Road Industrial Estate have the choice of voting to create a BID in a summer ballot this year.
If the majority agree, they will each pay a yearly levy to see projects and services delivered that will benefit all.
A food festival is just the beginning according to Wendy, who added: “This is a great example of what can be achieved should the businesses support the proposals.’’