New blood for festival team

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THE annual arts festival 
‘Celebrate Linlithgow’ has been saved after a Journal and Gazette appeal for volunteers to get on board.

Linlithgow Community Arts Association (LCAA), which runs the popular festival in October, thought the event would be axed after nobody had come forward to fill vital committee positions.

But after a volunteer 
appeal on June 29 in the Journal and Gazette highlighting the predicament, a public meeting on Tuesday was well attended and Colin Hutcheon, retired arts services manager at West Lothian Council, volunteered and was elected as secretary. Local businessman Derek Pattle also agreed to take on the role of treasurer for one year, ensuring the festival will continue this 
autumn.

Councillor Tom Conn 
remains chairman of the LCAA and he thanked retiring secretary John Aitken and retiring treasurer Jon Newey for their support over the years.

Members of Linlithgow Arts Guild, Linlithgow Amateur Musical Productions and West Lothian Council also joined the committee.

Celebrate Linlithgow will now take place from Saturday, September 29, to Saturday, October 27, between the Linlithgow Folk Festival and the Linlithgow Book Festival. To make sure the timetable is printed in good time, all arts organisations in Linlithgow should submit full details of their planned events 
to LCAA as soon as possible.

‘Celebrate Linlithgow’ was started six years ago by Blast Off Books owner Hetty Smyth and Linlithgow councillor Tom Conn.

For updates on the festival go to www.celebrate-linlithgow.org.uk