Lights shine through a dreich St Andrew’s Day

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Mixing patriotic pride with yuletide festivities, St Andrews town centre swelled with merry makers intent on enjoying the ample programme of events put on to celebrate the country’s patron saint in the town that bears his name.

Despite the weather doing its best to dampen spirits revellers bundled up against the elements to congregate in the streets of St Andrews and bring in the start of advent with the annual Christmas light switch on.

Although only attracting a fraction of the usual numbers, organisers of the weekend activities were buoyed by early feedback.

“The weather did have an impact, of course it did, particularly on Saturday,” admitted Patrick Laughlin, manager of organisers St Andrews Partnership.

“There was one quarter on last year’s attendance at the big outdoor events which is a shame but the crowd that did show up were hugely appreciative.”

Sadly the much anticipated St Andrews vs The World golf match had to be abandoned amidst a blizzard, much to the disappointment of the determined

St Andrews Pipe Band - Beating the Retreat, South Street.

St Andrews Pipe Band - Beating the Retreat, South Street.

“It was unfortunate,” said Patrick. “But on the plus side the opening of local landmarks such as the castle, the RNA golf club and the golf museum, for free - which is becoming a tradition, was very popular.

“Some of the golfers decided to stay on to Monday to get a look inside the famous RNA clubhouse.”

An announced attraction caused quite a stir when St Andrew’s Cathedral was doused in a wash of colour for a trial floodlighting display on Monday.

“We lit up the monument in blue and the results were stunning,” explained Patrick.

“We have strong aspirations to install spectacular architectural lighting at the cathedral, and on Monday we brought in a mobile light unit and experimented with different angles and colours.

“It looked sensational - and at one stage there was a traffic jam in the street as quite a crowd had gathered! It came at the very end of the celebrations and was a lasting memory of the great weekend.”