West Lothian roofers childhood nostalgia working on Edinburgh Christmas markets


A West Lothian man has said he is relishing the opportunity to work on the Edinburgh Christmas markets, thanks to the nostalgia it has brought him from childhood.

Dane Dunnigan, owner of P Dunnigan & Son Roofing, has told Edinburgh Live that felting the roofs for the Christmas markets in Edinburgh this year has brought both he and his workers good old-fashioned nostalgia.

Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Dane said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the business, being able to work on something that is loved all over the world and brings so many people happiness and joy.

“I can remember visiting the markets when I was a wee boy, and being in awe of the big wheel, all the shows and loads of different wee stalls.

“Now obviously, it has gotten much bigger, as have I, and I can now bring my wee girl Saskia to the markets and showed her where her dad has been during the day!

“It is really a proud moment for me and all my fellow colleagues, as we all remember the joy of Christmas as kids, and to give that to some more children of this generation during these times is really worth it for us.”

Despite being on a tight schedule to get all the felting done, Dane, Peter and other workers are grafting extra hard to make everything perfect for Christmas 2021.

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He added: “We are on a five day schedule to get everything done, but we will be finished in time for all the visitors to come and see our hard work.

Submitted Before Dane and his colleagues worked their magic. (Image: Submitted) Submitted After the roofers attached the felt to the market stalls. (Image: Submitted)

“It has been a pleasure working in the capital and to be a part of the infamous markets in Edinburgh is a real nostalgic trip for me especially.”

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In photos sent to us by Dane, the workers can be seen nailing down the felt to the roofs of the market stalls, in view of the infamous Edinburgh Castle and surrounding landmarks.

Submitted Dane and his daughter Saskia. (Image: Submitted)

Promoters Underbelly have meticulously planned Edinburgh’s Christmas with Covid in mind and are dedicated to creating a safe and fun environment for the 2021 Christmas celebrations.

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2021 will run from November 19, today, to January 2.

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