Sunday 21st July 2024


The Sashing Ceremony will take place on the banks of the River Esk at 13:00pm following the Kirkin’. This ceremony is still one of the most picturesque and poignant events of the Musselburgh Festival and sees the Honest Lad and Honest Lass being presented with their emblems of office. This year the Honest Lad and Honest Lass will be sashed by Janey Jones, a published writer from Musselburgh.

The Burgh Flag will be presented to the Honest Lad by our Honorary Provost. They will task the Honest Lad to carry the standard around the boundaries of our Town returning it “unsullied and unstained” at the end of the Festival Saturday ride on 29th July. The Honest Lass will be presented with the jewelled riding crop.


The Sasher 

Our Sasher for 2024 is Janey Jones who has lived in Musselburgh most of her live with spells in East Lothian and Portobello. She enjoyed English and History at school and was a self confessed bookworm and swat! Janey went to Edinburgh University to study English Literature and Language plus History of Art and Geography. She then trained as a secondary Teacher of English and taught at George Heriot’s school where she had been a pupil for senior years.

After becoming a full time mum, she turned her thoughts to writing and getting published. She was offered a 12 book deal with Penguin Random House and has never been out of print. She has travelled the world on book tours. Especially with Princess Poppy who is enjoyed in many languages with more than 4 million copies sold. 

Lately Janey has written some novels and a biography of the first female doctors. This has been developed into a film. 

We congratulate Janey on being the Sasher for 2024 and wish her and her family a wonderful Festival Week. 







This is the go to platform for Musselburgh Festival. Dating back to 1936, our week long annual celebration honours the traditions of our Town and brings our community together.