Dine in style at Reivers Banquet

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PLANS for this year’s annual Hawick Reivers Festival are gathering pace, and townsfolk are being urged to snap up their tickets for all the big events.

Organisers have announced that this year’s festival (March 28-30) will not only boast a new venue for the popular Friday night concert, and Saturday night fireworks, but is also hosting a brand new Reivers Banquet for all the family. And the Sunday morning walk will this year follow a special route to mark the quincentenary Common-Riding celebrations.

Chairperson Cath Elliott-Walker commented: “We’ve moved the Scocha Concert on Friday, March 28 (priced £12) into the new venue of the Old Baths. And with a new line-up and new venue, it should make for a great night. The Reivers Banquet is an exciting new event, again taking place in the Old Baths, with a three-course Reivers menu prepared and served by Lindsay Grieve, and an evening of entertainment from local and visiting “minstrels” all for £12 (£6 for primary children).”

Mrs Elliott-Walker went on: “The banquet is geared to suit the family and timed to allow people to get there after the fireworks.”

On the Sunday, townsfolk are once again invited to take part in a walk, followed by a concert led by Bernie Armstrong.

Mrs Elliott-Walker explained: “Walk the Common on Sunday morning will be a special walk lead by Ian Landles, following closely the route taken by the Cornet on Common-Riding Friday, and finishing at the Old Baths at 12.30pm for soup and stovies, and a concert featuring local musicians and singers.”

Tickets for the lunch, priced £8, are also available to those not wishing to undertake the walk (all walkers must purchase lunch tickets in advance). Organisers are encouraging participants to dress up in the spirit of the Reivers, although nothing elaborate is required and normal dress is also acceptable.

The weekend’s events draw to a close with the popular literary high tea in the Hawick RFC clubrooms, and this year a talk entitled “Reiving and Bereaving”, will be given by Lucy Macrae and Kaye McAlpine from Edinburgh University’s department of Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Mrs Elliott-Walker added: “These two ladies, who are experts in their field, will be joined by Billy Young from Langholm and local singers Kathy Hobkirk and Henry Douglas who will be performing some of the Border ballads.”

Tickets are available from ILF Imaging and Bannerman Burke.