Record numbers celebrate our national day with torchlight parade in Glasgow

Record numbers celebrate our national day with torchlight parade in Glasgow

To celebrate St Andrew's Day on Saturday, a special torchlit walk was organised in Glasgow, and record numbers turned out to mark Scotland's national day!

Image Credit: Martin Shields Photography

Now in its fourth year, the St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade is organised by the much-loved community organisation, the West End Festival. The event is part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme and aims to encourage more people to celebrate Scotland’s national day.

It is thought around 1,000 people participated in the torchlight parade and many hundreds more lined the streets to cheer it on.

As part of an awareness campaign leading up to the event, international students from Glasgow University helped document what makes Glasgow special for them through short videos and link their home countries to Scotland.

Michael Dale, West End Festival director, said: “We have strong international links and it was important for us to make sure we were inclusive to all the different communities here in Glasgow and indeed Scotland. We want to thank the students for their time and hope they have a deeper connection with our dear green place, now.”

Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival finished: “We’re thrilled that this is the biggest St Andrew’s Day parade we’ve had and shows that there is public interest in marking Scotland’s national day. What a fantastic evening we’ve had.”

Last Updated: 2 December 2019 14:08

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