Blue sky thinking from spectators

Linlithgow Marches 2014
Linlithgow Marches 2014

Marches Day is still ‘alive and kicking’ in Linlithgow after witnessing the crowds which lined the town’s High Street in anticipation for the procession at 11am.

With blue skies overhead, some brought along deckchairs to enjoy the spectacle while at the town’s Vennel, sofas and chairs lined the pavement.

Along at the Brae Court, seats had been laid out for the town’s elderly to ensure they enjoyed a grandstand view.

Leading the parade was Linlithgow Reed Band, replendent in their bright red uniforms, followed by Provost Jack Adair and dignatories in their carriages.

To the skirl of pipes and drums, the remainder of the civic party carriages headed off closely followed by the sounds of brass from the Bathgate Band.

Linlithgow Children’s Gala Queen Ruby Hudson and her retinue followed in what was one of her final regal roles of the past year. Pride of place then fell to the top two floats, the Gala Day’s ‘Aladdin’ and the Ex-Tinguisher’s ‘Lego’ float with the Forth Bridges Accordion Band following on.

The Statue of Liberty and a German fraulein were just two of the members of the Bitches Bairns’ making up their ‘Airline’ float.

More pipes and drums followed with music from the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band with the Round Table’s Commonwealth Games float in close connection.

The Black Bitch Assocation’s pirate ship float and a group of characters from ‘Despicable Me’ followed with the Bo’ness Carriden Band sandwiched between them and the 41 Club’s ‘Thomas the Tank’ float.

Next up was Linlithgow Bowling Club’s ‘Despicable minions’ and Donaldson’s ‘Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games’ float.

The sounds of salsa followed thanks to Sambalistic while the delegation from Linlithgow Rose paraded their recently won Fife and Lothians Cup trophy.

Members of West Lothian Soroptimists, a group of vintage cars, including an WW2 US Army Jeep, followed before the Tulliallan Pipe Band led the Linlithgow branch of the Tartan Army past The Cross. Taking up the rear were the Unison Kinneil Band and the Dyers.

And with that, the parade had moved on and headed down towards Linlithgow Bridge to be enjoyed by all.