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This year’s Procession is on the 2nd June 2018.

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 2018

It gives me great pleasure to announce the programme for Procession in the Park 2018. Once again the best acts of their kind will perform for your entertainment at Meadow Park, Bathgate on the afternoon of Procession Day.

Procession in the Park 2018 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 2018

The Newland Oration takes place on Friday 1st  June at The High Church, Bathgate at 8pm.

This year the Oration will be given by Walter Sneddon Nimmo CBE

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