The Witches Pardon has been re-enacted in Prestonpans, in remembrance of the 81 women who were convicted of “conjuration and sorcery” in the town.

The day’s proceedings started with a re-enactment at Prestonpans Town Hall last month as Dr Gordon Prestoungrange read a proclamation declaring forgiveness and recognition of the ‘witches’ injustice and suffering.

The event helps to remember the women persecuted by the Witchcraft Act 1563, which punished women for supposed witchcraft for 200 years.

This was followed by a remembrance service organised by Catching The Past – a voluntary community group which creates living history experiences – at Andrew Crummy’s witch mural inside the Prestoungrange Gothenburg.

In attendance were Provost John McMillan and East Lothian MSP Paul McLennan, who both gave speeches.

A spoken word piece was then delivered by Richard ‘Spike’ Munro, followed by music by Coreen Scott, Bernard Brogue, Tom and Jane Fairnie and Mòd gold medallist Rena Gertz, accompanied by Ronnie Elliot.