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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

Main Arena Event

Imps Motorcycle Display Team fresh from starring at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2016. Web link www.impsonline.com

The Kangaroo Kid, Matt Coulter all the way from Gold Coast, Australia performing unbelievable stunts on a quad bike. Web link http://www.kangarookid.co.uk/

Ridgeside Lurcher and Falconry Display Team – in nature nothing is more impressive than the bird of prey.  Web link www.falconry-lurcher.co.uk

Music Marquee

Dirty Harry – The only tribute band for the true Blondie fan. Web link www.dirtyharryblondietribute.co.uk

Orator 2017

Orator 2017

Multi Media Bar

Procession Magazine

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