Local brothers Ronnie and Ian Nichol are both preparing to take to the stage next week as part of the cast of 1514 – The Musical.
The pair are among a host of surprise talent to have been chosen by director Debbie Lyons to take part in the eagerly anticipated show, which has been created by Ian Landles and Alan Brydon to mark the 500th anniversary of Hornshole. And with only four days until the curtain rises, the two Common-Riding faces are putting the finishing touches to their new roles.
Ian, better known as Moose, had initially only gone along to help build the sets but was asked to sing in the chorus, and eventually perform solo, but he told the Hawick News: “I’m really enjoying it, although I’m quite nervous. I’ve sung at the Colour-Bussing, but this is something totally different.”
The Ex-Cornet added: “It’s a great bunch of folk and a lot of hard work has gone into it. The kids are brilliant and the show will be prove a fitting end to the quincentenary year.”
Ronnie, a well-known member of the Drums and Fifes, added: “This is something completely different but I’m excited about it. Debbie is an inspirational person, and Alan and Ian have transformed the story every bairn hears into a musical that townsfolk will love.”
Tickets for the show, which takes place in the town hall from November 18-22, are available from ILF Imaging.