The St Margaret’s Pilgrimage 2020 may be cancelled, but organisers are already planning to make next year’s event extra special.

The popular day, which draws pilgrims from across the country to Dunfermline, was set to take place on 07 June. However, like many big events, it has been called off due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Father Chris Heenan, of St Margaret’s Memorial Church, said: “We’re disappointed but not surprised to have had to cancel the event. We’re staying positive - our team of organisers will use this time to channel their energy and enthusiasm into putting together a fantastic programme for 2021.

“In the meantime, we can ask for the intercession of St Margaret as we pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in Scotland, where she is our patron saint. We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 at this time. May they rest in peace.”

Archbishop Leo Cushley said: “St Margaret’s Pilgrimage has become a key occasion for many people in Scotland to come together and thank God for the impact this wonderful saint continues to have through her example of faith, charity and leadership. I look forward to being in Dunfermline for its return in 2021.”