The Queensferry Suite

This suite is an affectionate portrait of South Queensferry, a town on the River Forth not far from Edinburgh. It comprises 4 movements:

The Loony Dook: Every New Year's Day, some hardy individuals run into the icy waters of the Forth for a "dook". They are loonies. This is their march!

The Burry Man: During the Ferry Fair in South Queensferry (which takes place in August), the Burry Man dressed in a suit of burrs lumbers around the town, obliged to drink  whisky at all stops. 

Queen Margaret: (d. 1093) Margaret did charitable works, serving orphans and the poor every day before she ate, and washing the feet of the poor in imitation of Christ. The towns of North and South Queensferry take their names from Queen Margaret.   .

The Bridges: There are now three iconic bridges crossing the River Forth between North and South Queensferry. This movement captures the movement of people and traffic across these historic spans


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