Rallying cry to support Reivers Festival events

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THE only way the Reivers Festival can continue to provide its free key events is if townsfolk purchase programmes and prize draw tickets.

That was the message from organisers this week as the countdown begins to this year’s event (March 22-24).

Programmes are now available around the town and committee members will be in Sainsbury’s today and tomorrow selling both them and tickets for the prize draw - the winner of which has the privilege of launching the fireworks display.

Chairman Catherine Elliot-Walker stated: “The cost of mounting the festival rises year on year and many events such as the torchlight procession and fireworks display remain free to the public. The sale of both the programmes and draw tickets helps raise valuable funds towards these costs, as do the torches and batons for the parade. The festival needs the support of everyone to maintain the full programne, and we hope people will respond generously.”

An event expected to be well supported is the ever-popular Literary High Tea, hosted by Hawick Rotary Club at Mansfield clubrooms, which this year welcomes the Honorary Librarian at Abbotsford House as its guest speaker. Professor Gifford is the Emeritus Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and the director of the Abbotsford Library Research Project Trust, and will give a talk entitled ‘From the Ballads to the Lay of The Last Minstrel; Scott and Ballad Tradition.’ Tickets, £13.50 including High Tea, are available from Bannerman Burke or at www.borderevents.com/boxoffice. In a change to the programme, Archaeological Society talk guest speaker Tom Moss is unable to attend, but past president Ian Lowes is taking his place with a talk on Colonel Chisholme, the last of the Chisolme family. This will be followed by ‘Family History through the Heritage Hub’, by archive manager Paul Brough.