FANTASTIC ST ANDREWS FESTIVAL REVEALED

St Andrews Cathedral lit up during the 2009 St Andrews Festival in November.
St Andrews Cathedral lit up during the 2009 St Andrews Festival in November.
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A spectacular line-up of music, including a colourful street ceilidh, exhibitions and family entertainment, has been announced for the three-day St Andrews Festival next month in celebration of Scotland’s patron saint.

Set to provide a significant financial boost for the university town, St Andrews Festival Ltd. has revealed that the programme will go ahead over the weekend of November 25-27 in the run-up to Saint Andrew’s Day itself.

Confusion earlier this year over the future of the extravaganza, when it emerged that two rival groups were vying to stage the festival, appears to have evaporated.

As exclusively revealed in the Citizen in July, the two camps both announced they planned to stage the traditional event.

At that time, trustees of St Andrews Festival Ltd — the Rev. Cameron Harrison, the Rev. Rory MacLeod and Madras College rector Ian Jones — said they were organising the festival following the departure of the event’s director, Rob Murray Brown, but the latter also stated that he was proposing to organise it.

However, it is believed that Mr Murray Brown is no longer pursuing efforts to mount an event.

Funding has come from Fife Council and the St Andrews Community Trust — the latter has given £7000 — and Mr Harrison said he was optimistic of further financial support from national sources.

Topping a star-studded bill will be the hugely-popular Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Peatbog Faeries.

Mr Harrison, former chief executive of the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum who lives locally and is an associate minister at Holy Trinity Parish Church, St Andrews, said: ”Given the very difficult current economic climate, we are particularly grateful for the ways in which these bodies have supported us.

”After last year’s enormously successful event, this has not always been an easy year for St Andrews Festival.

“We had a little internal difficulty in the spring which undoubtedly didn’t help.

“Throughout though, we have been very grateful for the practical help and advice, and the support, of our local stakeholders.

“The St Andrews Partnership, the Community Council, and the Byre Theatre have all been a huge help and encouragement.

“We have also been able to draw on the backing of a whole range of local supporters in our advisory steering group.”

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