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GALLERY: Annual parade sees the Burryman make his way round South Queensferry

Residents of South Queensferry have gathered for the traditional Burryman parade.

The parade sees a local man covered from head to ankles in burrs – the seedheads of burdock plants that grow locally.

They are collected in the lead up to the annual festival before being crafted into the costume.

Attendants will guide the burryman through South Queensferry for up to nine hours or more.

The exact meaning of the quirky tradition has been lost through the years, although it is believed to have its origins in the 17th century.

The Burryman is believed to bring good luck to the town’s people if they give him whisky offered through a straw or a donation of money.

Andrew Taylor, 37, donned the burrs once again as this year’s Burryman, having played the role for the last eight years.

He set off early this morning, hoping to end the route by 6pm.