Festival acclaimed as ‘one of best’

Raymond Wood
Raymond Wood

WHILE this year’s summer may not be remembered for baking temperatures and warm weather, it will live long in the memory of Teries for another fantastic festival.

Hawick’s Summer Festival proved why it is one of the hottest events on the town’s calendar and shone for the entire week.

From the opening ceremony with Flower Princess Nicole McWatters and her attendants Rhian Ferguson and Cassie Stavert, and balloon launch, right through with the car treasure hunt, guided walks, pictorials, restaurant nights and the hugely popular Party on the Pitch, as well as the culmination of this year’s Weel-Kent Face Competition.

Once again there was something for everyone.

And once again the Hawick public turned out in their droves to enjoy the entertainment on offer.

Festival chairman Raymond Wood told the Hawick News: “I can’t fault it to be honest. The whole festival was brilliant and it just keeps going from strength to strength. It was a tremendous week and the amount of people who came out and supported the events was just superb.

“This has definitely been one of the best years yet and it was great to see all the hard work of the committee pay off.”

There was a whole raft of new events added to this year’s programme, including the attractions at the leisure centre, a local festival of food, the Hootenanny gig and Thoosand Pound Drop.

They all added up to what was another memorable occasion.

Giving his personal highlight, Mr Wood said: “I thought the Hootenanny was a tremendous night. Myself and Fordy [Graham Ford, festival secretary] had put a lot of work into it since away back in January and I haven’t heard anyone say they didn’t have a good night.”

As well as the many thousands who attended the various events, Mr Wood also paid tribute to the tireless efforts of his committee and other helpers and volunteers. He added: “It really does show the great side of the town when you see how much everyone helps out.

“I’d like to thank all the local businesses and people who assisted throughout the week, because without them it just wouldn’t have been possible.

“The festival committee has also done a tremendous job and they’ve all put in a lot of hard work supporting me.”

With another event consigned to the history books, all eyes will start turning to next year and the unenviable task of trying to top this year’s festival.

“It won’t be easy trying to better this year but we’ve got a great bunch of volunteers who will be striving to do just that,” said Mr Wood.