Oddfellows on parade

Oddfellows parade
Oddfellows parade

The Newburgh Caledonian Lodge of Oddfellows’ annual torchlit procession through the town’s High Street was held on Hogmanay.

The parade was headed by the newest Apprentice, John Kettles, who, by tradition, always sits on a horse facing backwards - and without a saddle! He was led by Outside Guard Dod Melville.

As well as a host of colourful characters, the parade included Kingdom Brass band from Cowdenbeath.

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 groups and is the only Oddfellow Lodge in existence in Scotland.

Proceeds from a street collection during the parade will go to local groups.