About Us

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 once again brings you the best outdoor entertainment available. A wide and varied programme ensures that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We welcome to Bathgate three main attractions making their first appearance at Procession in the Park. In the live music marquee we have two excellent bands, Superhouse who make their first appearance and we say hello again to The Killerz. 

Procession in the Park brings you top class entertainment, the best the outdoor entertainment world has to offer and remember you get it all for nothing as entry to Procession in the Park is free.

This is your day, so regardless of what the weather brings, and as last year proved it can get rather wet, please come and join us at the Meadow Park on Procession afternoon. Have a great time!

Orator 2015

Orator 2015 – Euan Ure Dunsmore

Euan, born April 7th 1940 in Dundas Street, Bathgate was the son of Jeanie & Bill Dunsmore. He has early childhood memories of playing at Balbardie House and later Athol Terrace. Education started at Mid Street Primary School and then The Academy where education became important and useful.
Nights out would be to The Corn Exchange or Palais de Dance, where Euan met his wife Margaret. They married in 1953 and have two children, Mary and Bruce.
Working life for Euan began at 14 while still at school, being expected to earn a bit of a living shoveling coal. An early lesson – get an indoor job with no heavy lifting!…

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