‘Hit’ Hootenany set to grace Summer Festival stage again

THE town’s Summer Festival will feature a Hootenany music night for the second successive time after the resounding success of the event on its debut last year.

Headline next month’s show at Teviotdale Leisure Centre, where the indoor bowling alley will play host to three stages, are The Circuit Breakerz and Rocking Horse.

The Circuit Breakerz are a well-established three-piece band from Annan whose repertoire includes popular hits from the 1950s to the present day, while Rocking Horse possess a strong Country flavour in their output.

“On the back of last year’s success, we’re going to do it again,” said Raymond Wood, chair of the Summer Festival committee. “There will have been at least 350 there last year and we’re expecting around 500 there this year.

“We held it to showcase Teviotdale Leisure Centre when it was in danger of closing. It was the first time in ten years we’d used the bowling hall, which is such a waste of space in the summer months.”

The two headline acts will be complemented by local performers Lois Niblo, Sarah Jane Adams, Megan Kilpatrick, Callum Merritt, Beatrix Ward, and Evella. The three-piece group 3D and Hawick Stars In Your Eyes participant Kim Millar will also provide entertainment.

Performances will be given from three different stages contained within the hall alongside a bar, with the spotlight falling on a single act at a time. Music will be interspersed with compering by Graham Ford, the committee’s organising secretary, who will chat to the audience and interview performers throughout the evening.

“It’s a broad range of music,” said Mr Wood. “You’re not going to see one band, and you get a bit of a mixture.”

Drummer Colin Smith, who has performed previously in the town at the World Pipe Championships and with his band at the British Legion, hopes to impress on his return to Hawick. He said: “We’ll definitely go for it, and we’re hoping this gig will open some doors for us in and around Hawick. We’ll mix it up, and we’re definitely looking forward to it.”

Tickets for the event on Saturday, August 18 (doors at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start) are priced at £5 and available from the leisure centre, Dobbie and Michie, Think Fitness, Brydon’s bakery and any committee member. The organising committee will host a table at Morrison’s a week tomorrow (Saturday, August 4) from 10am-4pm, where members of the public will be able to find information and purchase tickets for both the Hootenany and Party On The Pitch event.