Had a great day back in the village I was brought up in. The Deans Gala Day in Livingston was like a flash back to when I was a bairn. The excitement of the gala day was a real buzz back then and, looking at the faces of some of the children involved this year, it still has the same magic.
It's a shame that it's not attended by as many of the local families as it used to be – I guess that's just the modern world – but the effort by all the organisers is fantastic and they should be applauded.
There's still the crowning of the queen, the marching bands and floats like there used to be with loads of kids on them throwing sweets to the cheering crowd.
At the Junior park we all enjoyed the inter-school races and all the other sporting events that kids of all ages took part in. All run like clockwork by my old best mate, Steven Dunn, his son Ethan and his brothers.
Even the weather was kind. It was overcast but stayed dry for once.
And my mum still got me a gala day bag!
The X Factor runner up, Nicholas McDonald, did a nice set on the Saturday afternoon and promised his fans to return on the Sunday too.
Simple Minds blew their fans away with an amazing performance at Party at the Palace. Jim Kerr was on rare form and it was a real privilege to be so close to the group play some fantastic songs.
The View were on stage at Party at the Palace on a wet Sunday afternoon in Linlithgow. Despite the weather the did a brilliant set to their soaked but patient fans. Well done lads!
I first seen Deacon Blue at Glasgow Barrowland back in 1988 when they toured with their debut album Raintown.
It was great to see them again on Saturday at Linlithgow playing lots of their old classics. Fanstastic live act.
The X Factor runner up, Nicholas McDonald, was singing in the rain at Party at the Palace, Linlithgow. His fans didn't take any notice of the rain as they all sang along with him.
Afterwards he took time to make sure all the girls got their selfies!
First time I've seen Glasgow band Attic Lights live and what a good band they are. Some great tunes.
The Silencers played at Party at the Palace in Linlithgow on the Sunday. They were on great form; blasting out some old and new tunes.
They timed it perfectly too – managing to miss all the rain!
Aaron Fyffe did a quick set on Sunday afternoon at Party at the Palace. Here's a few images of him making the best of a wet and rainy afternoon.
I covered a recent gig by Simple Minded – the best Simple Minds tribute band – at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh.
The band's lead singer and guitarist are joined by a new drummer, bass and keyboard player to complete the new line up.
A great gig in which I managed to get images showing the intensity, drama and power of the music and performance.
Hue & Cry gave a brilliant performance of all their hits. Labour of Love, Remote, Looking For Linda etc. The fans loved it. Class act.