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Edinburgh’s Christmas! – Grants for Community Councils – Man identified – New novel from Marianne Wheelaghan – Halloween at The Balmoral

Edinburgh’s Christmas is launched this morning at the Castle. Although we cannot be at the launch we hope to bring you news of the delights in store for you later today. Media attending at the castle this morning are promised a giant Santa Claus on stilts, along with an elf, Scottish pipers and illuminated Christmas apparatus, to brighten up Edinburgh Castle at the launch of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2012 – bigger and better than ever before.

This year’s festive programme will see the return of live reindeer to St Andrew Square, a Christmas-tastic 3D showing of ‘Rocket the Reindeer’ in a special cinema booth in East Princes Street Gardens and a spectacular mixture of live performance, projection and aerial theatre at the top of the Mound for Light Night on 29 November 2012. So that is a date for your diary!


Community Councils needing funding are invited to apply to the Climate Challenge Fund. More details here

Climate Challenge Fund Grants Available for Community Councils


Lothian and Borders police can now confirm the identity of a man found dead on Gullane beach on Tuesday 23 October 2012.

He is 64-year-old James Mclardy of Leamington Road, Edinburgh.

Mr Mclardy’s death is being treated as non-suspicious.


A new crime writer is in our midst. Marianne Wheelaghan who wrote The Blue Suitcase has turned her pen to crime writing for this book which comes out next week.

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It’s Halloween…..will you be going out guising or will you be trick or treating?  When did we allow the Americanism to take over what started as an Irish tradition? And what can you do to have fun today if you are just a little beyond dressing up and going round the doors?

Rocco Forte’s The Balmoral will be offering a bewitching treat to celebrate Halloween and what better time to visit this landmark hotel than during its 110th anniversary.

Guests at The Balmoral can get into the spirit of the occasion in the rich surroundings of the hotel’s Palm Court with a special Halloween Afternoon Tea. Created to tickle the taste buds and appeal to families and adults alike, guests can indulge in pumpkin tarts and Raspberry Blood Chocolate Brownies before selecting their fate from the ‘Trolley of Treats’ including devilish delights such as midnight red velvet gateau, all souls’ fruit cake and skeletal rock candy.

The Halloween Afternoon Tea is accompanied by a frighteningly wide range of loose leaf teas including silver needle, gunpowder green and black tea or for those who like to appeal to their wicked side, a bubbling glass of Bollinger Champagne.

Halloween Afternoon Tea is £25 per person or £39 per person with a glass of Champagne and will be served from 12noon to 5.30pm on All Hallows’ Eve – Wednesday 31st October.  Booking is recommended. To make a reservation call 0131 556 2414 or email