1514 entertainers light up town hall stage

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FORGET Stars in Their Eyes, Britain’s Got Talent, the X-Factor and The Voice – for sheer entertainment look no further than the 1514 Hawick Sings Concert.

Even the notoriously hard to please Simon Cowell wouldn’t have failed to have been impressed by Wednesday night’s programme, which was packed with the town’s finest.

From the minute the curtain went up on proceedings, as the Fifes and Drums led Cornet Ross Nichol and the Big Eight into the hall, to the very end as Michael Aitken brought the evening to a close to the strains of Teribus, it was another occasion to remember.

All eight primary schools were represented and their tender years belied a confidence, passion and ability that will surely see some return to perform in years to come.

A selection of Common-Riding favourites from the hugely talented Hawick Junior Pipe Band was followed by the inimitable Ian Landles. Famed for producing top-notch sketches at this event, he didn’t disappoint with a comical take on the Olympic Games, complete with bairns, banners, a hilarious song and an appearance by the Hawick Torch.

There were star turns from Iain Scott and David Chapman, Pat Douglas, debutants Liam Berridge and Malcolm Grant, Doug Riddell and Laurie Coburn and Dave Finnie.

Michael Aitken and John Tait provided a comical skit on The Reckoning, while Graeme Tinlin, Sally Thomas and Ronnie Tait’s performances were all of the highest order – as was accompanist Ian Seeley on piano.

Hawick News reporter Gavin Gibbon gave a rhyming tribute in his vote of thanks, while 1514 Club president Andrew Johnson proved a superb compere for the hugely successful evening.

Full story and more photographs in the paper.