Kids to celebrate reiving past

Brydon's proprietor Jackie Powolny joins Reivers Festival committee members Gilbert and Evelyn Sangster in promoting this year's event and the silent auction for the painting of St Mary's Church
Brydon's proprietor Jackie Powolny joins Reivers Festival committee members Gilbert and Evelyn Sangster in promoting this year's event and the silent auction for the painting of St Mary's Church

THE town’s youngsters will take centre stage during the Reivers Festival on Saturday, March 23, when St Mary’s Church is the setting for productions by Drumlanrig, Burnfoot and Trinity primary schools.

Drumlanrig will take part in the procession, before heading straight to the west end church to raise the curtain on the day with their production ‘Reiving Characters’ at 11.30am. At 12.30 Burnfoot primary will be in the spotlight peforming ‘Songs from A Reiver’s Moon’, and at 1.15pm Trinity school will present a specially-written production entitled ‘Jock O’ the Syde’.

Festival chairman Cath Elliot-Walker commented: “Each year the schools have worked hard on their contribution to the weekend, and they deserve a good audience turnout.”

Youngsters can also get involved in the Festival by trying their hand at felt-making workshops at Artbeat studios, from 11.30am-1.30pm, or 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Children aged five and upwards are welcome, with full details in the programme.

Andy Norman is also running an art session in the high school, which is open to all ages, from 10am until 12.30pm, with the title “Sunsets and Silhouettes”.

And once again children will defend the honour of the town when they do battle next Sunday at Wilton Lodge Park from noon onwards. Teams from all primary schools will be taking part in the Reivers Games for the coveted trophy.

An added highlight this year will be a performance in the park at 1pm by the Lanton-based equestrian group Les Amis d’Onno, who are making a welcome return.

They will also be taking part in the Reivers Parade next Saturday at 10.45am, joining the Fifes and Drums, Mosstroopers and Drumlanrig’s ‘Reiving Characters’.

As an additional fund-raiser, a painting of St Mary’s Church has been donated for silent auction at Brydon’s Cafe. The painting will be sold to the highest sealed bid received by closing time on Saturday. There is a reserve price of £60.