Summer Festival all set to get off to a flying start

This year's Hawick Summer Festival Flower Princess, Nicole McWatters.
This year's Hawick Summer Festival Flower Princess, Nicole McWatters.

THIS year’s eagerly-anticipated Hawick Summer Festival kicks off in style tomorrow with a new opening ceremony that paves the way for an action-packed week of events.

The committee has given the launch of the annual festival a complete facelift, so it will include not only 1,000 balloons being launched at Trinity Gardens following the arrival of the Flower Princess – but instead of the usual fancy dress parade, will boast a children’s fun fitness workout which will work its way to the Teviotdale Leisure Centre for a special open day.

Summer festival chairman Raymond Wood said: “We have really revamped the opening day tomorrow, and gone with a different format that we hope will be popular. The setting off of the balloons should be something to see, and TLC fitness staff leading a workout from the Horse and stopping on North Bridge Street and Station Bridge, promises to be great fun.”

The Teviotdale Leisure Centre will play host to the festival for the rest of the day where townsfolk can enjoy watching a ‘We are the Champions’ event, a cookery demonstration with star of Britain’s Best Dish ITV show Carolyn Oliver, as well as craft stalls and all the facilities. And as night falls a new addition to the festival will strike up in the bowling hall, with the debut of a Jools Holland-style Hootenanny with bar.

For the rest of the festival there is certainly something for everyone, ranging from free guided walks, to popular restuarant nights at the Shebab and Sergios, this year also including a food night at the Tower Inn, and the chance to sample local game at the Pickled Orange. The festival’s showcase event Party on the Pitch makes a welcome return next Saturday, when the Volunteer Park venue will again welcome thousands of Teries for a day off music and fun – with headliners ‘Take That Reunited’ set to go down a storm. Mr Wood added: “Tomorrow’s events and the Hootenanny promise to get us off to a flying start. We’ve put a lot of hard work into everything and hope that the weather is kind to us throughout.”

Tickets are available from the TLC, Think Fitness and Dobbie & Michies. Tickets for Party on the Pitch are priced £7 up until Thursday, and will be £10 on the gate.