The Reiver’s Festival gets under way this weekend and looks set to be the best in the 12-year history of the event.
The packed programme kicks off tonight (Friday) with Scocha in the Old Baths, which is a focal point for several of this year’s ticketed attractions and everything is set for a great weekend.
One of the highlights will be tomorrow (Saturday’s) even bigger than usual Reiver’s Parade along High Street led by pupils from all of the town’s primary schools, including Drumlanrig, pictured. They will do battle in the Reiver’s Games in the Civic Space and will be joined by re-enactors from Border Clansmen and Best of Times, plus members of Les Amisd’Onno with their horses, and the Fifes and Drums will be there to play everyone along High Street. Also tomorrow, the market will be in full swing on High Street and throughout the day there will be music from local buskers.
Townsfolk should watch out for musket drills, swordplay and general mayhem and are being encouraged to take in the school drama in St Mary’s Church which youngster have been working hard on to bring the reiver’s to life.
The torchlight procession starts at 6.30pm from the Common Haugh and will culminate in a bonfire and firework extravaganza in Wilton Lodge Park – those wishing to watch the fireworks are asked to join the procession at the museum and to heed marshals and officials at all times.
Then it’s off to the first ever Reiver’s Banquet at the Old Baths where a sumptuous feast will be served up in the company of the Baron of Hawick and his family.
On Sunday, why not join Ian Landles for a walk around Hawick Common starting at the golf club car park at 9am.
There is much to see and do at this popular annual event, and further information can be obtained at www.hawickreivers.com