Party at the Palace 2017

It is still weird that a festival this big, one that Kaiser Chiefs and Amy McDonald headlined, took place in my hometown. This was my 3rd year attending but first being a VIP – all thanks to my wonderful friend Hope. We had Saturday tickets so we got to see Teen Canteen, Noisettes and Ash to name a few.

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Party at the Palace or PATP for short is a family festival so it caters to kids with amusements, climbing walls and sweet stalls. For the adults you have alcohol tents and more alcohol tents (yay!)

The festival is located at the back of Linlithgow Loch overlooking the Palace. As the sun set the view was amazing. The field is split into two areas with 3 stages: The Main Stage, the Sun Break Out and the Acoustic Stage. Altinak were on the Break Out stage at 2pm, they are a local band and gathered great support!

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The Saturday was busy and we got to mingle with a few names in the VIP tent… Susan Boyle and Gok Wan. However, we left them to enjoy their day as I worked through some Glen’s premium vodka and lemonade. I think most alcoholic drinks were priced at £5 which is pretty good considering. We did have to keep asking bar staff to top up our lemonade as they were making them strong!PATP5

There was a wide range of food. Not just your usual burger and chips which was a nice change. Hope and I went for chicken pakora supplied by the local Indian, Dehli Winter. Everyone was after the pakora so there was a wait but it was definitely worth it as you got 6 BIG pieces for £6. Vegan options and smoothies were also on offer.

Now, I know why you are really here… the toilets. As I was in VIP I got to use the ‘posh’ loos. They were indeed posh. Kitted out with White Company hand soap AND moisturiser – Luxury or what?! I didn’t even need to use my emergency wet wipes as there were toilet roll refills throughout the day. The queues for the normal portaloos seemed to go fast and spilt between men and women.

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To get the VIP area, Hope and I had been walking through the artist area – Oops. If only McFly had been performing then I really would have been trying to get in there! I was quickly pointed in the right direction on one of my mad dashes to the loo.

We didn’t spend much time in the VIP area as we preferred the buzz of being near the main stage. Luckily we found Hope’s family who had come prepared with camping chairs (tip for next time – bring chairs!)

PATP4For Kaiser Chiefs taking to the stage at 8.30pm we worked our way into the crowd. Only to stumble upon my mum and step dad. As soon as Kaiser Chiefs took to the stage the field was bouncing to their hits. I loved them back in the day so it was great I remembered so many songs. Ricky gave his all getting the crowd screaming, balancing on the drum kit and demanding attention in his yellow jacket (I need one).

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It is great to have such a great turn out to a local event. The support from local businesses is good to see too, especially Dehli Winter as they have a new customer in me (even if it is just for pakora!)

Thanks organisers of PATP – see you next year for turning 5!

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Brides of St Michael’s

There are far to many adjectives I could use to describe the event I attended on Saturday with my Mum and Auntie: Beautiful, lovely, stunning, gorgeous, eye catching, elegant, amazing – just to list a few.

The event taking place was called Brides of St Michael’s. This grand church is located in the centre of my small town. You can’t miss it as there is a spire on the top, which can be seen from a far. A beautiful place to be married!

St Michael’s was filled with 90 beautiful wedding dresses, dating back to the 1950s – of all which belonged to brides who got married in St Michaels – obviously! As you walked round the church admiring the range of styles, the organ belted out ‘Here Comes the Bride’ adding to the perfect tune to this occasion.

On arrival we were given a programme which contained the names of the happy couples, wedding date and some even had facts about their special date. In 2010 we had a really bad winter here in Scotland so the church had to pull together a team to dig the snow so the bride could arrive and the wedding could carry on! Also, there was a dress that was handed down to her daughter and she wore on her wedding day – keeping it in the family. Beside each dress that were placed on hand-made mannequins by volunteers (you would never of been able to tell!) lay photos of the brides in the dress. It was great to try and guess the year before confirming with the programme. I found the 80s the easiest era to guess. This was probably due to the puffiness and peachy coloured bridesmaids (in the photos)!

Waking around there was a few dresses belonging to people I knew. My mum and auntie knew nearly everyone though.

We did get caught of guard admiring a dress for us to turn round at the bride was standing beside us. She had been happily married since 1968! Her dress was beautiful with long lace sleeves.

One of my favourite dress was the oldest one on display. Number 80 (picture below) was beautiful. The detail from tiny buttons to the head piece were out of this world.

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Working our way round all the dresses took longer than expected, so I had worked up an appetite along with a craving for a coffee. Luckily included in your entry fee of £5, was a serving of tea and coffee and some cakes in the church hall – a perfect end to a perfect afternoon!

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