Saltire Festival set to fly the flag for Scottish culture

A HUGE celebration of Scottish heritage and culture is being held in East Lothian – the birthplace of the national flag.

The nine-day Saltire Festival includes a concert from Barbara Dickson, a Scottish ceilidh, farmers’ market and whisky dinner as well as a saltire-inspired race day at Musselburgh Racecourse.

The festival, in its third year, runs from Saturday until December 2 and includes the ceremonial handover of the flag at Athelstaneford Church before it is transported to Haddington by horses and raised outside St Mary’s Parish Church.

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Tradition has it that the saltire, perhaps Europe’s oldest flag, originated in a battle fought near Athelstaneford in AD 832.