Summer Festival set to go international

Hawick Summer Festival will play host to the town’s first ever International Day later this year.

The multi-national event has already been a major hit in two Borders towns, and it is hoped it will be a popular addition to this year’s Summer Festival programme, as well as provide a significant boost to the local economy.

The idea, which was unveiled at a recent Summer Festival meeting, was warmly welcomed by the new-look committee.

Chairman Gerry Monaghan said: “As a festival we are always looking to add new events and the International Day sounds really exciting and will appeal to locals and visitors alike.”

New minute secretary Glen Miller added: “This is something we really need to get behind. I have seen international events elsewhere and they
certainly have plenty of appeal.”

NHS Borders health improvement officer, Lizzie Macleish, who is the driving force behind the event, told the Hawick News: “International Days have already been tried in Eyemouth and Galashiels and have proved to be hugely successful.

“They are an opportunity to highlight the various nationalities living in a town and a chance to bring the community together.”

Numerous suggestions have already been put forward to complement the event, including cinema showings, dance displays, live music, a community choir and an international market with food tasting.

It is hoped to involve the town’s supermarkets and businesses, while several local venues could be used as part of International Day including the town hall, the library and Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

A poster competition is planned to publicise the event, and nurseries, schools and youth groups will be invited to take part.

This year’s Summer Festival will run from Friday-Sunday, August 19-28, with the International Day pencilled in for the final day.