Festival plans gathering pace

Teri youngsters get into the reiving spirit at last year's festival
Teri youngsters get into the reiving spirit at last year's festival

THE finishing touches are being put in place ahead of this year’s Reivers Festival (March 28-30), and organisers have announced another packed programme of historical-themed events and activities.

The three-day extravaganza will get under way in time-honoured fashion when Scocha take centre stage at the Old Baths on the Friday night.

It’s all change for the Saturday night, however, with the staging of the first reivers banquet, which will include a three-course meal and entertainment. There is also the option for townsfolk to dress up in period costume at this event which is suitable for all the family.

The festival committee is delighted to have a big input from local schools, and it is planned to move the 16th-century market and re-enactments to the High Street, while using the Civic Space and Lovel Court for the schools games and performances. St Mary’s church and Drumlanrig’s Tower will also play host to the primary schools.

The Saturday will also see the colourful torchlight procession and fireworks, with special plans for the latter still under wraps.

The timings will be such that folks can take in both the fireworks and the banquet.

This leaves Sunday free for the eagerly anticipated reivers walk and lunchtime concert, with the former being led by Ian Landles; after which the weekend will draw to a close with the popular Hawick Rotary Club literary high tea, at which Edinburgh University’s Dr Kaye McAlpine and Lucy MacRae will give a talk entitled ‘Reiving and Bereaving.’

Tickets for all events will be on sale at the festival’s fund-raising coffee morning on Saturday, January 11, in Trinity church hall. Any donations for the cake and candy stall will be greatly appreciated. Further info on 372962.