Youngsters have a ball as festival celebrates 30th

Saturday's festival princess crowning ceremony was attended by (back row from left): Cornet Ross Gibson, his Lass Michelle Paxton, Gilbert Sangster, Evelyn Sangster, Robbie the Bear, Doreen Marshall, Provost Stuart Marshall, and festival chairman Gerry Monaghan. Front: Festival princess Brooke Hollett is flanked by attendants Lucy Laing (left) and Abigail Taylor.
Saturday's festival princess crowning ceremony was attended by (back row from left): Cornet Ross Gibson, his Lass Michelle Paxton, Gilbert Sangster, Evelyn Sangster, Robbie the Bear, Doreen Marshall, Provost Stuart Marshall, and festival chairman Gerry Monaghan. Front: Festival princess Brooke Hollett is flanked by attendants Lucy Laing (left) and Abigail Taylor.
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Hawick Summer Festival is celebrating one of the most successful starts to to its programme in the event’s 30-year history.

The special anniversary year began in style at the weekend when more than 200 primary school children participated in the second Children’s Day at Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

Festival chairman Gerry Monaghan said: “We were thrilled by the huge turnout and have received nothing but praise from parents and grandparents.”

Flower Princess Brooke Hollett and attendants Lucy Laing and Abigail Taylor, all from Burnfoot school, were presented to Provost Stuart Marshall, Cornet Ross Gibson and Lass Michelle Paxton, at the crowning ceremony. Also in attendance were Gilbert and Evelyn Sangster who along with Betty Campbell, helped establish the summer festival in 1984.

Provost Marshall stated: “It’s fabulous to see how Hawick Summer Festival has developed and original committee members are to be commended for introducing this annual event to the town.”

The programme had begun the previous night at the Border Club where the junior showcase music night attracted big numbers. Sunday saw movie fans flock to Wilton Lodge Park for a special open-air film night to celebrate the anniversary of the Pink Panther. And walking enthusiasts enjoyed a visit to Fatlips Castle on the Monday.

Mr Monaghan added: “We have a small, but hard-working committee who pull out all the stops. The support from Teries makes it all worthwhile. We are also indebted to the groups and individuals
always willing to help organise events. The summer festival is a true Hawick success
and I hope continues to flourish.”

The celebrations conclude tomorrow (Saturday) when Scocha and The Joe Mangels headline a special music evening at the leisure centre. Tickets available at the door.