‘Biggest St Andrew’s Day parade yet just shows interest in Scotland’s national day’

West End Festival St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade. 
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Laura and Craig Douglas light their torches.
 
To celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Saturday, 30 November, a special torchlit walk was organised in Glasgow, and record numbers turned out to mark Scotland’s national day.
 
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.”
 
Scotland will observe St Andrew’s Day as a public holiday on Monday, 2 December as St Andrew’s Day falls on a weekend.
 
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.”
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•      Selection of supporting images will be sent to picture desks on Saturday evening at circa 8pm by photographer, Martin Shields
•      West End Festival website www.westendfestival.co.uk  also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @westendfest
•      Interviews with Liz Scobie and Michael Dale available on the evening
 
About St Andrew’s Day
1.     St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. A Galilean fisherman, he became an apostle of Jesus, and was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need. 
2.     Originally St Andrew’s Day was a way for homesick Scots to get together and celebrate their shared ancestral roots. The official national day began in America on 30 November 1729 to offer support to Scottish migrants in distress.
3.     Today St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community.
4.     A wide range of events are taking place across Scotland from Friday 17th November until 3rd December and full details of these and ways to support local communities will be shared on www.scotland.org/winter
5.     Wherever you are in the world, you can join Scotland in celebrating St Andrew’s Day – from the United States and Canada to Australia, from Beijing to Bangladesh. Those who want to learn more about the traditional celebrations are encouraged to visit scotland.org/standrewsday
 
Scotland’s Winter Festivals (SWF) aims to mobilize the people of Scotland and those with an affinity to Scotland to join in the St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns celebrations, boosting our key tourism and events sectors and the wider economy, enhancing community engagement and raising Scotland’s international profile.  SWF is a Scottish Government initiative, delivered in collaboration with VisitScotland and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, BEMIS Scotland, the Fair Saturday Foundation, the English Speaking Union Scotland and a range of other partners.     
 
SWF will welcome thousands of people to funded events celebrating St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns right across Scotland; significantly boosting the economy and engaging our diverse communities during the winter months whilst showcasing our unique world class tourism assets to a global audience.
 
 
 
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The St Andrew’s Day torchlight parade in Glasgow has seen a record turnout.

Around 1,000 people marked Scotland’s national day with a spectacular event in Glasgow’s West End.

Torchlights
The spectacle lit up the West End. Photo credit: Martin Shields

Byres Road was bathed in winter torchlight as marchers defied the freezing cold.

Organisers said the fourth annual event was the biggest yet.

The procession made its way from outside the Kibble Palace within the Botanic Gardens just before 7pm.

Woman with face paint
Those taking part were marking Scotland’s national day. Photograph by Martin Shields

Hundreds of people lined the streets as the procession lit up the late autumn night.

Those taking part were wrapped up to the hilt against the bitter temperatures.

Images of the night were being posted on social media within minutes of the parade starting.

Street parade
The procession made its away along Byres Road. Photograph by Martin Shields

Photographer Martin Shields once again captured the parade in a series of stunning pictures.

The St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade is organised by the West End Festival community organisation.

The event is part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme and aims to encourage more people to celebrate Scotland’s national day.

Street parade
The torchlights against the Kibble Palace. Photograph by Martin Shields
Two people with a torch
Photo credit: Martin Shields

An awareness campaign ran in the lead up to the event.

International students from Glasgow University documented what makes Glasgow special for them through short videos.

Street parade
The event is organised by the West End Festival team. Photograph by Martin Shields
Parade
Photo credit: Martin Shields

Michael Dale is the West End Festival director.

He 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.”

Scotland will observe St Andrew’s Day as a public holiday on Monday 2 December as St Andrew’s Day falls on a weekend.

Three people
The event is part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals. Photograph by Martin Shields
Parade of torches
Photo credit: Martin Shields

Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival, said: “We’re thrilled that this is the biggest St Andrew’s Day parade we’ve had.

“It shows that there is public interest in marking Scotland’s national day.

“What a fantastic evening we’ve had.”

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