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PICTURES: "Magnificent" Lossiemouth lantern walk for St Gerardine


By Lewis McBlane

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THIS year's lantern walk for St Gerardine was a "magnificent" success and a "lovely walk".

Tripp..ing the light fantastic. Aydan and Kayla Tripp. Picture: Beth Taylor.
Tripp..ing the light fantastic. Aydan and Kayla Tripp. Picture: Beth Taylor.

More than 300 joined the walk earlier this month to commemorate Moray's own saint and his story from 1000 years ago.

St Gerardine was famed for warning ships away from what were then jagged cliffs, by shining bright torches out to sea.

In recent years, Lossiemouth locals have honoured the saint by taking to the streets with their own lanterns.

Iona Kielhorn, from the Lossiemouth Heritage Association, which organises the event, said the children “looked marvellous”, and praised the “little pilgrims” on their great efforts making lanterns.

Many of the lanterns, made at school, were engineered from jam jars and coloured paper.

St Gerardine's Minister Geoff McKee who, like St Gerardine, hails from Ireland, gave a talk on the history behind the lantern walk.

Ms Kiehorn said she “got to 300 then just had to give up."

And, following the event, some unlikely members of the procession enjoyed the refreshments on offer.

“Some donations were given but, all for nothing, we had refreshments including tea, coffee and hot chocolate with marshmallows," she said.

“And some of the men, the fathers, were just gobbling up the hot chocolate.

“It was wonderful."


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