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This years Procession is on the 3rd June.

Bathgate Procession and John Newland Festival is an annual celebration which is known and highly-regarded throughout central Scotland. Local people and those not so local eagerly anticipate the event, which takes place every year on the first Saturday of June.

The event was started by the trustees of the Old Bathgate Academy in 1844 to commemorate the school’s founding. The procession began as a Founder’s Day Parade on April 17, 1844, in remembrance of John Newland’s contribution to the building of Bathgate Academy.

School pupils marched from The Academy that day to The High Church and the day was designated a holiday for the town by Newland Trustees who believed the date commemorated Newland’s birthday. And in 1849 after the service in the parish church, the pupils paraded through the town and began the tradition of a parade.



Procession in the Park

Procession in the Park 2017

It gives me great pleasure to announce the programme for Procession in the Park 2017. Once again the best acts of their kind will perform for your entertainment at Meadow Park, Bathgate on the afternoon of Procession Day.

We welcome back to Bathgate all our main arena acts for 2017. In the live music marquee we have two bands making their first appearance at Procession in the Park. You can read more about all our acts on the next few pages.

Procession in the Park 2017 brings you an afternoon of first class entertainment and entry to the show is absolutely free. There is a wide and varied programme so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

This is your day, so regardless of the weather please come and join us at the Meadow Park on Procession Day for what promises to be another memorable Procession in the Park.

Have a great time!




Orator 2017

Orator 2017

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Procession Magazine

We have made a digital copy of our magazine available for download so everyone can view...