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A thousand people took part in West End torchlight event, say delighted organisers

By Ian Marland at

Around 1,000 marchers are estimated to have taken part in a spectacular St Andrew’s Day torchlight parade through the West End of Glasgow.

Families and friends came from across Glasgow and beyond to bear torches on Saturday (November 26), creating a river of fire through the city’s streets.

West End Festival Winter Torchlight Parade for St Andrews Day. Pictured Walking down Byres Rd Photograph by Martin Shields Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields
Procession: Torches made a river of fire in the West End. Photograph: Martin Shields.


Watch: The torches lit up the streets of the West End.

The flames lit the way for the 45 minute parade that gathered at Queen Margaret Drive, before proceeding through some of Glasgow’s most historical landmarks, ending in Kelvin Way.

The Torchlight Parade event saw an eclectic mix of entertainment that included live music from SambaYaBamba and SYB Youth Band, as well as an array of pipers, drummers and fire artists.

West End Festival Winter Torchlight Parade for St Andrews Day. Pictured Turning into University Ave Photograph by Martin Shields Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields
Landmarks: Torch bearers turned into University Avenue after Byres Road. Photograph: Martin Shields.

Two choirs and street musicians entertained participants along the route.

Michael Dale, festival director, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the turn out for the St Andrew’s Day event, our first winter torchlight parade.

West End Festival Winter Torchlight Parade for St Andrews Day. Pictured Annie Minnaar of Glasgow Hoola Hoops fire act performing for the crowds. Photograph by Martin Shields Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields
Spectacle: Annie Minnaar of Glasgow Hoola Hoops fire act performing for the crowds. Photograph: Martin Shields.

“Thank you to everyone who took part and supported this event and made it a special occasion for all the family.”

A donation for every torch sold is being made to Beatson Cancer Charity, which the festival chose to support for this event.

West End Festival Winter Torchlight Parade for St Andrews Day. Pictured Vivienne Couglan with her children Ailsa 8 (left in in pink) and Fern 6 (on right) Lenzie Photograph by Martin Shields Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields
Families: Vivienne Couglan with her children Ailsa (left in pink), and Fern (on right). Photograph by Martin Shields.

David Welch, chief executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We were so pleased to be the festival’s charity partner and we’d like to thank everyone for all the donations we received and for putting together a really great evening.”

Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade marks the first of a series of celebrations, funded by Scotland’s Winter Festivals.

West End Festival Winter Torchlight Parade for St Andrews Day. Pictured L to r Isabelle Roesner 19 from Kelvindale and Julia Gremel 19 from Shawlands Photograph by Martin Shields Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields
Friends: Isabelle Rosner, 19, from Kelvindale and Julia Gremel, 19, from Shawlands. Photograph by Martin Shields.

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.