Torcher Pa­rade re­turns to light up city streets

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

A his­toric char­ity pa­rade, which was cancelled for the first time in more than a cen­tury last year, will light up Aberdeen again this month.

The Torcher Pa­rade, or­gan­ised by the Aberdeen Univer­sity Stu­dent’s As­so­ci­a­tion (AUSA), il­lu­mi­nated the Gran­ite City for 126 years in a row be­fore it was axed for 2016.

The or­gan­is­ers had been told they could not put on the event due to a po­ten­tial is­sue with traf­fic man­age­ment, be­cause coun­cil staff would have been un­avail­able. How­ever, a plethora of stu­dents, clad in colour­ful cos­tumes and bran­dish­ing torches, will once again pa­rade through the city cen­tre on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21 from 6pm to help raise funds for im­por­tant north­east causes. The pro­ces­sion will travel the full length of Union Street, from Al­byn Street to King Street.

Alex Govier, chair­man of ASA’s rais­ing and giv­ing com­mit­tee, said: “We at AUSA are ex­tremely ex­cited to be bring­ing back the Torcher Pa­rade for the 127th time. Af­ter a year’s hia­tus, we’re ready and rar­ing to go. We hope, through con­tin­ued sup­port, we can keep this tra­di­tion go­ing.”

This year, lo­cal com­pa­nies will be en­cour­aged to get in­volved with the fes­tiv­i­ties by city cen­tre busi­ness group Aberdeen In­spired, and Colin Law­son Trans­port will pro­vide floats for all of the in­sti­tu­tions in­volved. Aberdeen City Coun­cil will or­gan­ise traf­fic man­age­ment.

A spokesman said: “It’s fan­tas­tic the Torcher Pa­rade is back, and the coun­cil is de­lighted to be work­ing with AUSA to stage the pop­u­lar event.”

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