In line with the advice from the Scottish Government against large gatherings, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival this year.

We understand this will be very disappointing for those who were planning to take part but unfortunately there is no alternative. Postponing the event is not an option as there is no indication of when this crisis will be over and no way to raise funds to pay for the Procession in the coming months.

Even if restrictions were to be eased after the summer, bands are unlikely to be available and there is then a lengthy approvals process to go through with the council.

Our Pageant team are in the process of drafting a letter to all parents of our primary and secondary school characters which will be issued soon. Businesses who have pledged their support will also be contacted in due course.

We send our heartfelt thanks to the businesses and residents of Bathgate for your support in the past and we look forward to better days in 2021.