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Come join in Lossie's St Gerardine lantern walk

By Alistair Whitfield

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Adam Norcross and Mason Whitlock at the 2021 lantern walk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Adam Norcross and Mason Whitlock at the 2021 lantern walk. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

The memory of a man who lived a 1000 years ago will be invoked on Wednesday evening when Lossiemouth holds its annual lantern walk.

Last time round more than 200 people attended the event which celebrates the life of St Gerardine.

A hermit who's said to have lived in a nearby cave, legend has it that he would light flaming torches at night to warn ships away from the dangerous rocks.

St Gerardine's cave became a shrine during the Middle Ages, with people travelling to Lossiemouth from miles around to pay their respects.

The story of the town's patron saint, along with several other aspects of local history, is featured on a new plaque which will be unveiled on Wednesday.

Also mentioned are Lossiemouth's fishing industry, its former railway, plus the numerous important fossils uncovered in the town's quarry and now on display in museums from Edinburgh to Tokyo as well as Elgin.

The lantern walk starts at 6pm.

Organisers are asking everyone to meet at the bandstand on Station Road at 6pm.

The procession will make its way along Prospect Terrace to St Gerardine's Church where refreshments will be served.

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