Spectacular finale to Musselburgh’s week of festivities

Musselburgh Festival Crusaders' Chase

Musselburgh Festival Crusaders' Chase

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Fancy dress, fishing heritage and the fording of the River Esk on horseback all feature in this weekend’s finale to the Musselburgh Festival.

After the traditional tea dance at the Brunton from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, the programme continues on Friday with the fancy dress parade, moving off along Pinkie Road at 7pm.

On Saturday, Festival Day starts early for Honest Lad and Lass Gary Neill and Lynsey Souter and fellow participants in the Rideout.

Setting off from Pinkie Pillars at 8am, they will split off from the official procession around 8.30am to ford the river at the Roman Bridge, before heading off across country through Whitecraig and Wallyford.

Their return to Musselburgh, via the racecourse, will culminate in a beach gallop at 11.45am, arriving at the harbour for the flag-lowering ceremony at noon.

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

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