Reivers Festival 2016 plans announced

Pupils from Trinity Primary School in Hawick dressed as Reivers ahead of the Reivers Festival 2015
Pupils from Trinity Primary School in Hawick dressed as Reivers ahead of the Reivers Festival 2015

Hawick Reivers Association are delighted to announce the plans for this year’s festival which will take place over Easter weekend from the 25 to the 27 of March.

While many of the main events remain the same there are a number of significant changes to the timetable for 2016.

The festival opens in grand style on the Friday evening with The Reivers Family Banquet.

The banquet entertainment will be provided by Hawick’s own youth theatre company, ACT 1 Youth, who have a few surprises in store for their audience.

This event includes a three course dinner and is sure to prove popular.

Saturday sees the popular Reivers market on the High Street and the local primary schools are gearing up to take part in the parade, the Reivers Games and schools drama productions.

As always one of the main attractions will be the Hot Trod; the torchlight procession through Wilton Lodge Park ending with the fireworks display.

The ghost walk makes a return this year but moves to the Saturday night after the fireworks and will again offer a few surprises along the way.

The main concert this year moves to Saturday night and the committee are delighted to welcome local band, Up in Arms, as the main performers.

They are excited to take part in this year’s festival and promise a great conclusion to the day.

Hawick Rotary Club are again hosting the Literary High Tea and welcome Gillian Fraser as their guest speaker.

Gillian, who will be known to many from her years with Border TV, has chosen the topic ‘the vital part ponies played in the story of the Reivers’- a fitting wind-up to a full weekend of activities with something for all the family.

Tickets will go on sale this Saturday at the Reivers Coffee morning in Trinity Church from 10am-12pm and thereafter will be available from ILF, Dorwards or Border Events Box Office.