Musselburgh counts down to festival

HTA candidates for 2014 at their introduction night

HTA candidates for 2014 at their introduction night

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Organisers of the Musselburgh festival are looking to the future – and the town’s young people – as the countdown begins to this year’s event.

The Honest Toun’s Association wants to inspire the current generation of schoolchildren to become guardians of the burgh’s proudly-held identity and traditions.

Voting is due to take place on April 25 to elect the new Honest Lad and Lass, the figureheads of the annual festivities.

The five candidates – Lynsey Souter, Gary Neill, Mhairi Braby, Kieran Davidson and Lauren Bain – were presented to the community at an introduction evening held at the Masonic Lodge last Friday.

As the HTA’s official party, the newly-elected principals and their attendants will then be tasked with visiting all the schools in Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.

“If we don’t inspire the future generation of Honest Lads and Lasses then it makes it difficult for our future and that’s why our emphasis has to be on the youth,” said Jennifer Fairnie, honorary treasurer of the HTA.

“Getting children at school age inspired by the visit from the official party is fundamental.”

Full story in this week’s Musselburgh News and East Lothian News, on sale now.

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