Sunshine brings out the crowds for fayre

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the Deacons’ Court Street Fayre was bathed in sunshine on Saturday and hailed a success by stallholders.

The Reed Band kicked off the event at 2pm playing along the High Street and entertaining at the Cross, as stalls of all varieties opened for the public.

120512 Linlithgow deacons court street fayre.

120512 Linlithgow deacons court street fayre.

Deacons’ Court member Barbara Braithwaite said: “It was a great success. The lovely sunshine was with us all the way, and all the stalls did very well. The Deacons’ Court would like to thank all those who participated and the people of Linlithgow for their support.”

Secretary Ross McIntosh added they would like to build on their success for next year and thanked West Lothian Council for clearing up the roadworks for the annual event. At 4pm, the popular balloon Rrace organised by Linlithgow Round Table for the third year running, took off in a sea of 963 blue and gold balloons, released by Deacons’ Court Provost Jack Adair and Calvin Sinclair.

Organiser David McGurk said: “The balloon race went very well and we made over £1500 for local charities. We now wait until the first week of June to get the balloons returned by those who find them to claim their £20 prize. Then we can give out prizes to owners of the balloons that made it the furthest.

‘’We had at least one in Berwick upon Tweed by Saturday evening, and we are hoping for returns from Europe. Last year they went to Yorkshire, and the year before it was the west coast of Ireland.”

The Round Table thanked all local businesses which donated prizes.