The Torcher Parade

On Saturday, Steve, my dad and I went to watch The Torcher Parade. The parade is an annual event run by Aberdeen's students; various clubs and associations dress up and ride around town on the back of decorated lorries, collecting money for local charities.They set off about half seven while it's still daylight, and arrive back after dark - usually bearing flaming torches, although those were missing this year for reasons of which I'm not sure.

Here are my photos from the night:
Colourful balloons
People dressed as plants
Man on a broomstick
Angus the Bull
Um... I think these people are Winnie the Pooh characters...?
Optimistic girl looking forward to summer festivals
Girl dressed as penguin
Smiley pirate girl
Girl watching out the window
Man in red boiler suit
Kilted haired man on a Highland cow. Not a real one.
Storm trooper helmet bunting
Local radio float
Colourful balloons again, this time at night.


  1. I read today in the student paper that the people chosen to carry the torches this year were people from local charities as opposed to students, so there must have been torches somewhere .. but seeing as I was working so couldn't go I can't offer any clues as to where they were!

  2. Hahaha that looks like so much fun! I love stuff like this. :)

  3. I wonder if maybe they didn't light them because of the wind? I didn't think it was that strong, though. Most years, they douse the torches outside E&Ms but this year they didn't even have buckets out.

  4. I love seeing what float ideas they come up with every year. Last year there were heaps of royal wedding floats, this year loads of pirates.

  5. Ellen Arnison3 May 2012 at 19:29

    This made me nostalgic for my days as a student in Aberdeen when E&M's wasn't boarded up and before Starbucks!

  6. Ahhhh, when Starbucks was still the Student Union? I remember that...

    On the bright side, the boarded up E&Ms you see in the photos is in the middle of being renovated and turned into a restaurant and flats. :)

  7. Ellen Arnison4 May 2012 at 12:45

    Not the Union! I didn't realise that it had gone the way of Starbucks. I may have to go into a brief period of mourning. 

  8. I miss The Palace more. And then I realise I've turned into somebody who talks about the good old days of sticky carpets. And that makes me feel even worse!

  9. Elinorvickers4 May 2012 at 18:17

    Which I always mishear as Torture the flagellants in Medieval times maybe?

  10. These pictures are great! I particularly love the one with the guy on a cow. He looks like he's having a marvellous time haha.



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