Kids going for gold at huge sporting celebration

Youngsters and organisers are eagerly anticipating what promises to be another amazing spectacle
Youngsters and organisers are eagerly anticipating what promises to be another amazing spectacle

HAWICK’S Olympic spirit will be burning brightly on Tuesday as every child in the town and surrounding area gears up for a sensational sporting extravaganza.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s Big Sing event at Mansfield Park, the Vision 2014 committee are marking their Year of Sport with a Big Parade and Big Ceremony at Volunteer Park.

And they are confident they have the winning formula as they go for gold with what promises to be another fantastic occasion.

Pupils will leave the leisure centre, led by the Drums and Fife, at 9.45am, and make their way along the High Street, led by Olympian Ian Stark, who won silver medals at Olympics in Los Angeles, Seoul and Sydney.

The much travelled Hawick Torch will be presented to the provost at the town hall, before rejoining the procession and arriving at Volunteer Park at 10.40am.

World champion archer Andy Logan will light the Hawick Olympic Reivers brazier and then it will be over to the kids to take centre stage as they take part in a mass zumba and ceilidh. There will also by gymnastics and kick boxing displays.

High school rector Alan Williamson said: “All the pupils are very excited about participating in this event. It should be an amazing sight to see all the young people from the local schools lined up on the High Street in a mass procession.

“We are particularly looking forward to ending the Year of Sport with the mass zumba and ceilidh and the pupils have been busy preparing for this in their schools.

“It would be great to see as many parents, grandparents and members of the public support this event.

“We had tremendous feedback from ‘The Big Sing’ last year and this event, with its fireworks, dancing and music should be equally spectacular.

“Lots of people in the local community have put in a tremendous amount of effort to organise this event which should be the perfect end to Common-Riding 2012.”

The ceremony, which will be compered by local raconteur Ian Landles, will end with the release of ‘hopes and dreams’ balloons and the singing of the Vision 2014 anthem ‘Proud’ by Lois Niblo.