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Count down to “unique” West End winter festival in celebration of St Andrew’s Day

By Ian Marland at

The count down has begun to a spectacular winter festival in the West End this coming weekend.

Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade takes place on Saturday November 26 in celebration of the patron saint’s day.

The Torchlight Parade will be open and accessible to all families and friends who want to take part.

West End Festival Launches Winter Torchlight Event. The West End Festival has announced it will produce a winter event for St Andrew's Day.  'Glasgow's St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade ' The Torchlight Parade will be open and accessible to all families and friends who want to take part on Saturday 26th of November.  Another sparkling event from the West End Festival and supported by Scotland's Winter Festivals, Glasgow City Council and Byres Road and Lanes BID. A donation from every torch sold will be made to Beatson Cancer Charity. Pictured  Beatson nurse Isobel Fox and West End Festival event manager Brendon McIlroy  holding one of the torches watched by the Wilson triplets  l to r Oscar , Anna and Ava (all 7) from West End. Photograph by Martin Shields  Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields
Fun: Event is open to families to mark St Andrew’s Day. Photograph: Martin Shields.

The procession of music and light will last 45 minutes and take participants through the heart of Glasgow’s west end.

The West End Festival which is organising the event recommends members of the public dress appropriately for the weather.

It also asks that people think ahead about using public transport to travel, as there is no dedicated event parking.

The route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Michael Dale, festival director:

“Our aim is to make the much anticipated torchlight parade a fun event for everyone.

“We can look forward to a unique event that will see people from Glasgow and beyond come together and celebrate St Andrew’s Day with their families and friends.

“As always we encourage participants and spectators to use their common sense when it comes to traffic and we want to remind people not to bring alcohol to the event as it is not licensed for drinking.”

The parade’s rolling closure will mean the roads are safe for the procession to walk and will limit any inconvenience to road users.

Kelvin Way will be closed from 6pm and will re-open at 9pm.

Vouchers for torches are on sale for £10 via the festival website.

For last minute purchases on the day, up until 5.30pm, torch vouchers can be bought at Oran Mor bar, Byres Road.

Michael Dale, festival director, said: “Our aim is to make the much anticipated torchlight parade a fun event for everyone.

“We can look forward to a unique event that will see people from Glasgow and beyond come together and celebrate St Andrew’s Day with their families and friends.

“As always we encourage participants and spectators to use their common sense when it comes to traffic and we want to remind people not to bring alcohol to the event as it is not licensed for drinking.”

Fire performers will entertain participants as they gather at Queen Margaret Drive, along with music from Samba Ya Bamba, SYB Youth Band (circa 60 people), Williamwood Pipe Band and the Glasgow City Pipe Band (circa 20 people), who will also play in the parade.

Another sparkling event from the West End Festival and supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Glasgow City Council, WM Mann Foundation and Byres Road and Lanes BID.

* Full details of the event, timings and how to purchase torches are available on the festival website: www.westendfestival.co.uk