Food, drink, music & dancing chickens in St Andrews!

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A live street concert brought the curtain down on a fantastic weekend of celebrations to mark St Andrew’s Day in St Andrews.

Events began on Thursday evening with The City of St Andrews Pipe Band performing the Beating The Retreat before a civic reception was held to thank those who contribute to the community.

Street thatre at St Andrews Christmas lights switch on

Street thatre at St Andrews Christmas lights switch on

Thursday evening also marked the beginning of the Byre Theatre’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Friday evening saw two of the biggest events take place - the St Andrews Ball for students and the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival at the Old Course Hotel.

Saturday saw a continuation of events for the food and drink festival including tastings in the Visitor Information Centre and free entry to the Eden Mill Distillery and Brewery.

On Sunday several venues including the R&A, St Andrews Cathedral’s St Rule’s Tower and St Andrews Castle opened for free and attracted hundreds of visitors.

In the evening hundreds of people, many of them foreign visitors, gathered before a pop-up stage in South Street to watch a variety of entertainment including live music from the headline act, Eddi Reader.

The Byre Youth Theatre also had a central role to play with youngsters dressed as chickens, swans and a colourful conga parade.

The switching on of the Christmas lights followed with eight-year-old Cupar schoolboy Darragh King being given the honour of illuminating the town centre.

A ceilidh featuring the acclaimed Dancing Feet Ceilidh Band made sure the celebrations finished on a high.