YEAR-LONG celebrations in Haddington have been described as “full of memories” by the county’s provost.

Councillor John McMillan praised the efforts of the Haddington 700 team.

Events have been held throughout the year to mark 700 years since the town received the Bruce Charter – the oldest document in the East Lothian Archives.

The final event saw a concert held by Siobhan Miller at St Mary’s Parish Church last Thursday evening.

Mr McMillan said: “For the children, in the Year of Young People, we finished on the John Knox and Robert the Bruce Lego event.

“It was amazing and a great tribute to Ruth Fyfe and Frances Woodrow, the archivists at the John Gray Centre, who had the initial idea and have been at the heart of it all. Alan Blackie and the committee have kept it going and so many organisations have been involved and there have been so many highlights.”

Jan Wilson, chairwoman of the town’s community council, echoed those comments and praised what had been a successful year for the town.

She said: “It has been a good year for Haddington, not only because of the 700 celebrations but all the events the community council has run, and the fact Blooming Haddington won a gold medal at the Beautiful Scotland Awards.”

She also praised the Thistles ceremonies, where the community council recognised the 130 names on the town’s war memorial by committing a hand-crafted thistle for each of them.