Housebuilder supports return of Dalkeith Festival

Margot Russell and Lorraine Hamilton, Dandara sales consultant Eskbank Gardens

DANDARA East Scotland has donated £250 to help support the return of the Dalkeith Festival following a two-year pandemic-enforced absence.

The money will be used to help fund the children’s bouncy castle and slide at the event, which will be held on Saturday August 6 at Kings Park in the town where the housebuilder has a development, Eskbank Gardens.

The festival will also include a fun fair, performances from local musicians and dancers, pony rides and face painting.

Margot Russell, secretary of Dalkeith Festival Committee, said, “Many families have had a tough few years and now, with the cost-of-living crisis, things are very hard for a lot of people. We are trying in a small way to bring some cheer to difficult times. We had to cancel the festival twice, so we are pleased to be able to host the event again this summer.

“We are so grateful to Dandara and all of our sponsors as we depend entirely on donations to hold the festival.”

Lisa Archibald, head of sales at Dandara East Scotland, added, “We are thrilled to be able to support the festival which is a great initiative to unite the local community. Many of our buyers at Eskbank Gardens near Dalkeith moved in during the lockdowns and haven’t had much of an opportunity yet to get to know their neighbours or really experience the lifestyle on offer in the area.

“If the past few years have taught us anything it is the importance of our local communities, and I am sure the festival will be an enormous success.”

Eskbank Gardens is located south of Edinburgh in the town of Eskbank, under two miles from Dalkeith.