LORETTO School in Musselburgh is holding its Christmas fair on Saturday after a three-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will raise funds for the Musselburgh-based Bridges Project, which supports young people in East Lothian and Midlothian.

From 10am to 2.30pm, there will be the chance to browse around more than 30 stands from local food producers, fashion retailers, crafts, homewares and gifts. There will also be a festive cafe where guests can enjoy hot drinks and food within the Loretto Schoolhouse campus. Entry is free and there is disabled access.

Headmaster Dr Graham Hawley said: “I am delighted to welcome the Christmas fair back to Loretto after the Covid hiatus. We are thrilled that the event is supporting the important work carried out by Bridges Project.”

Bridges Project, on Bogpark Road, is a charity helping young people manage the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, and life beyond school.

Simen Holm, fundraising and communications manager, said: “Bridges Project are honoured to be chosen as the recipient of the funds raised through the raffle tickets at Loretto’s Christmas fair. It is inspiring that an institution for young people, which is more or less on our doorstep, steps up to help other young people in their local community who are less fortunate than themselves.

“Each and every penny which will be raised through the raffle will go directly towards ensuring that we will be able to support more vulnerable young people in East Lothian and Midlothian who are in more need of assistance than ever following the incredibly difficult last few years.”

Sonia Lee, of the Friends of Loretto parent group and volunteer organiser, added: “We are delighted to see Loretto Christmas fair return. It is a wonderful event that gives joy to so many.

“It is a beautiful venue for our amazing small business stallholders and an opportunity to raise awareness and support the incredible work of local charity the Bridges Project.”