The annual St. Andrew Service commemorates the association between Scotland's patron saint and Athelstaneford. Tradition has it, that close by the village, a battle was fought in 832AD in which the dramatic appearance overhead of a white cross against a blue sky inspired the Scots/Picts to victory. This was to lead to the St. Andrew's Cross or Saltire being adopted as the national flag.
The Service, to be taken by the Rev Mike Watson, will start at 11am and last about an hour. Anyone is welcome to attend. At the close, pipers will lead the Minister and the congregation to the Memorial where a new Saltire will be blessed and hoisted on the tall flagpole. Haddington Pipe Band will attend, and they will then lead a procession along Main Street towards the Village Hall. Flags will then be presented to horse riders who will take them to the site of the historic battle site. Everyone attending is invited for refreshments and hot drinks in Athelstaneford Village Hall.