Torcher Parade returns to light up city streets
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.”