Hawick celebrated the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay on Wednesday night with an evening of free entertainment enjoyed by hundreds of people.
Provost Stuart Marshall welcomed a massive crowd and local man David Oliver brought the baton along High Street to a podium outside the town hall.
Haka Hawick embraced the cultures of the Commonwealth countries through the Big Parade, which saw over 300 local schoolchildren carry all 71 countries’ flags and dance their own Haka along the High Street to herald the twinning of the Borders with Tonga.
The parade featured five dancers who took part in the closing ceremony of the Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago.
Scottish tribal drummers Clanadonia, traditional African group Kakatsitsi and dance group Dudendance also entertained the crowds who had lined the High Street. The evening was concluded by a dance showcase held in the high school and Teri favourites Scocha’s sold out show in the town hall.
Local woman Lynda Turnbull was one of the baton carriers and speaking to the Hawick News outside the town hall she said: “ I have never ever been as nervous in my life. It was really great to be part of this and I have had a great day. I was so pleased to see my family out there supporting me. It was just fantastic.”
And Mrs Turnbull’s daughter Kerry added: “I am really proud of my mum, this has been a great event. It’s brilliant. “
And fellow baton carrier Janice Chapman added: “That was fantastic, and running along the street was brilliant. It has been great.”
Baton bearers for the Hawick leg included: Allan Moffat, David Rae, Megan Shiel, Lorna Caddick, Jennifer Hudson, Peter Hall, James MacDonald, Pippa Bell, Carly McAllan, Monica Richardson, Caryl Thompson, Andrew Shields, Elizabeth Little, Rosheen Nichol, Brogan Anderson, Kristie Waugh, Stuart Hunter, Lynda Turnbull, Morag Rolland, Janice Chapman and David Oliver.