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A poignant start to Haddington’s community festivities

PIC PHIL WILKINSON . L-R 
HANNAH YULE, AND JAN WILSON 
WHO HELP ORGANISE THE HADDINGTON FESTIVAL.WHICH TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND. 
HOLDING THE FESTIVAL BOOKLET IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

PIC PHIL WILKINSON . L-R HANNAH YULE, AND JAN WILSON WHO HELP ORGANISE THE HADDINGTON FESTIVAL.WHICH TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND. HOLDING THE FESTIVAL BOOKLET IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

The stage is set for the traditional opening of the Haddington Festival on Sunday.

This year, a visit by descendants of the Cranston family to the town will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World Ward. Of seven sons who went to fight, four died, two others suffered dreadful injuries and only one returned unscathed.

Their sacrifice will be remembered at the parade which heralds the start of the festival which will run until Sunday, June 8.

Lt Gen Sir Robert Richardson (retired) will unveil the Cranston memorial plaque at the John Gray Centre at noon.

Seven serving soldiers from the Royal Engineers, Royal Scots, Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Seaforth Highlanders, Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Regiment of Scotland will carry wreaths from the Cranston family home in St Martin’s Gate at 1.55pm, across the Nungate Bridge. The wreaths will be laid at the war memorial in St Mary’s Parish Church where the soldiers will join with the parade of uniformed organisations which will make its way from Court Street at 1.45pm.

A service, conducted by parish minister Rev Jennifer Macrae, will then be held in the historic kirk during which the John Lockhart Memorial Trophy will be presented to a young achiever for the last time.

The honour of officially opening the festival this year falls to Bob Mitchell, former Chairman of Haddington and District Community Council.

For full festival programme see the East Lothian News - on sale now.

 

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