‘Absolutely brilliant’ day out for Party on Pitch revellers

Buccleuch Park was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday as the younger generation soaked up the extra-special Party on the Pitch atmosphere
Buccleuch Park was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday as the younger generation soaked up the extra-special Party on the Pitch atmosphere

MORE THAN 2,000 people crammed into Buccleuch Park on Saturday as they enjoyed the Summer Festival’s showcase event – Party on the Pitch.

And what a party it turned out to be as Teries basked in the afternoon sunshine to the tune of top entertainers.

And the early evening showers couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm on the day as revellers partied on down well into the night.

Festival chairman Raymond Wood told the Hawick News: “The weather wasn’t great. In the morning it was brilliant sunshine and people were sunburnt in the afternoon. But then at around 5pm the rain came on and I think a few people decided to go home which was a shame.

“But for those who stayed and braved the weather they were rewarded with some first-class entertainment.”

Almost 400 entry wristbands had been sold prior to the cricket club gates opening shortly after lunchtime.

As the gazebos went up and the deck chairs were unfolded the atmosphere began to build and it wasn’t long before the music kicked into gear.

And as the throngs of people continued to pour into the venue – some in colourful fancy dress – the top tunes could be heard resonating along Buccleuch Street and throughout the town.

Making a welcome return to Party on the Pitch after a five-year absence were Rocking Horse, who certainly rocked the audience, while the hugely popular Shtumm and Five Dollar Shake made sure the musical extravaganza continued, with a wide variety of songs.

Among the performers were singer/song-writer Darren Johnstone, who took to the stage to show off his comedy repertoire and X-Factor Boot Camp act Chris Tame was outstanding earlier on, playing the Buccleuch Park gig before jetting off to another engagement.

As the rain came down so too did the curtain on this year’s star attraction. And who better to perform the grand finale than Take That Reunited, who captured the crowds with a host of classic hits. There was a solo performance from their very own Robbie Williams (Jamie Reeves), before the band were back for good, at the end.

Mr Wood continued: “There were a lot of different acts this year and a whole range of styles and songs, but they were all excellent. I can’t pick one out over the other because they were all so good and the crowd was jumping all the time.”

With a whole host of activities for youngsters to enjoy, including bouncy castles, a bungee run and face paints, it was another fun filled day for all the family.

“It was absolutely brilliant and it was just reward for the committee who put a tremendous amount of work in organising it,” added Mr Wood.