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Galoshins in Prestonpans

25th October 2011

Prestonpans is set for a very special Halloween this week as locals, actors, dancers, musicians and storytellers come together for a traditional celeberation. Until the early 20th century the town held a traditional Galoshin play and this is now being revived (see guisers in photo). The Galoshin, Galoshan, or Galatian, play was formerly performed by young guisers during festive periods, particularly at Hogmanay.  As well as the Galoshin play, which is performed partly in Scots, there will also be a version of the story Duncan the Boatbuilder, along with poems and songs in both English and Scots. There will also be plenty for children to do, including a Halloween grotto, guising, and games. The night will end with a traditional ceilidh with the emphasis on celebrating – and passing on -Scotland’s traditional culture. Events begin at 3pm, 31 October, at the Gothenburg Tavern, High Street, Prestonpans. Adult tickets are £5 and children £2 which include food. If you would like more information please contact organiser Tim Porteus at either or phone 01875 818 355.