Street performers to busk in glory of three-day festival

HAWICK is set to reverberate to the sound of music at next month’s annual Teribuskers Festival, writes Sarah Williamson.

Event organisers are busy putting the finishing touches to the programme, and this year’s three-day fest looks set to be another hit – having already struck a chord with locals and visitors since it began four years ago – with the High Street, pubs and park playing host to musicians of all ages and abilities.

The weekend, which takes place between September 9 and 11, starts off in fine style with a ceilidh and concert featuring the Stuart Anderson Band in Wilton church hall on the Friday night. Tickets are £5 on the door and include a buffet.

Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated street busking day will be formally opened this year by special guest Bill Woodcock from the Harbour Band – originally from Hawick but now living in Norway.

The High Street will then be closed off from 11.30am to 3.30pm so that buskers and music lovers can wander at their leisure.

Registration for those entering the competitions is from 10am until 12.30pm at the Horse, while judging for juniors is 1-2pm and seniors 2-3pm.

In the evening, the music will move into the pubs for free sessions in the Buccleuch, The Exchange Bar, The New Delhi Bar, Beanscene and the Office Bar, as well as special concert in the Border Club.

Sunday’s popular afternoon of music in the park makes a welcome return, with the parade mustering at the park gates at 12.45pm, and the Scout Fellowship Pipe Band leading the way along The Avenue at 1pm. There will be music and fun in the park from 1pm until 4pm, including a duck race. The music continues on the Sunday night with a session in The Exchange Bar.

Tickets and duck race places are available from various outlets including Bannerman Burke, Spence’s Music Shop, ILF and Pearl’s Hairdressers.