An odd way to spend Hogmanay!

The Apprentice, Connor McGoey, on his horse.
The Apprentice, Connor McGoey, on his horse.

Newburgh High Street was lined with locals and visitors on Hogmanay for the Newburgh Caledonian Lodge of Oddfellows’ annual torchlit procession.

The parade was headed by the newest Apprentice, Connor McGoey, who, by tradition, always sits on a horse facing backwards - and without a saddle!

The horse, Lady Luck, owned by Bob Brown of Radernie, was at the parade for the eighth time.

As well as a host of colourful characters, the parade included Tullis Russell Mills Band.

Dating back more than 100 years, the Oddfellows were founded by visitors from Dundee, who came up the River Tay for their holidays.

Originally a friendly society, to which members paid a subscription every month or quarter which entitled them to benefits, the first torchlight procession was held in 1885.

The Newburgh group is not associated with any other lodge, organisation or religious group and is the only Oddfellow Lodge in existence in Scotland.

Proceeds from a street collection during the parade will go to elderly people in Newburgh.

See more photos in this week’s Fife Herald, out on Friday.