Big crowds expected at fun-filled Musselburgh festival finale

Poppy Bichan, 7 and Yvie Kenna, 4.
Poppy Bichan, 7 and Yvie Kenna, 4.
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A FUN-filled finale is expected at Musselburgh festival this weekend after a seven-day sun-soaked spectacular.

Events kicked off with last week’s traditional Kirkin Sunday, a procession to St Michael’s Church, Inveresk, for the official party.

Left to right: Isabella Fleck, 3, Ellie Barclay, 5, Claya Rhar, 6, Catherine Fleck and Rory Barclay, 2.

Left to right: Isabella Fleck, 3, Ellie Barclay, 5, Claya Rhar, 6, Catherine Fleck and Rory Barclay, 2.

And tomorrow the Waterfront Family Day brings the festival to a close, including a raft race and harbour ceremony.

But before things are wrapped up, this morning will see the Rideout, which leaves Pinkie Pillars at 9am.

Today’s events also include the Festival Day picnic at Musselburgh Racecourse and the Festival Ball at The Brunton from 7pm.

The week’s events included the ever-popular Crusaders’ Chase on Monday with horses and riders fording the River Esk near the Roman Bridge followed by a duck race.

Vicki Hastie with Oliver Ross, 1 and Riley Wood, 4

Vicki Hastie with Oliver Ross, 1 and Riley Wood, 4

That was followed by the customary Crusaders’ Chase night dance at Eskmills Bowling Club.

A new film about the lives of the Fisherrow fishwives was shown at the Baptist Church in New Street on Tuesday.

The Fishwives of Fisherrow – Preserving the Heritage of a Lost Community was commissioned by the Fisherrow Waterfront Group and paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sports fans also got to enjoy a football tournament organised by Musselburgh Athletic the same night.

Oliver, 13 and Isaac, 9 McFarlane and gran Theresa Martin

Oliver, 13 and Isaac, 9 McFarlane and gran Theresa Martin

Tuesday also witnessed the Junior Rideout, with runners and riders in the saddle from Inveresk Industrial Estate.

The free family fun day was held on Wednesday at Lewisvale Park, with a festival tea dance at The Brunton on Thursday.

Yesterday’s festivities were the hugely popular fancy dress followed by a disco on Friday.

Adults Michelle Budge, David and Kirsty Murray, Jilly Sowerby with kids, left, Riva Sowerby,3, Edie Budge-Gordon, 3, Caitlin Murray, 3 and Callum Murray, 10mths

Adults Michelle Budge, David and Kirsty Murray, Jilly Sowerby with kids, left, Riva Sowerby,3, Edie Budge-Gordon, 3, Caitlin Murray, 3 and Callum Murray, 10mths

Margaret Laidlaw and Leanne Keating with kids, Erin, 5 and Nicole Keating, 7 and Kerr Somerville

Margaret Laidlaw and Leanne Keating with kids, Erin, 5 and Nicole Keating, 7 and Kerr Somerville

Dalene and John Marshall with grand kids Cairn, 5 and Abbie, 9 McGhee

Dalene and John Marshall with grand kids Cairn, 5 and Abbie, 9 McGhee

Margaret Laidlaw and Leanne Keating with kids, Erin, 5 and Nicole Keating, 7 and Kerr Somerville

Margaret Laidlaw and Leanne Keating with kids, Erin, 5 and Nicole Keating, 7 and Kerr Somerville