Young Teries turn up heat at Vertish Hill Sports

THE Vertish Hill Sports was blessed with sunshine as hundreds of the town's primary children took part in the 129th annual event.

Three consecutive years of wet conditions finally came to an end as warm weather greeted the popular day of sporting fun and, with an increase in the numbers of children taking part, it has been hailed a huge success.

Vertish Hill Sports Committee secretary Frank Scott told the Hawick News: "The day went just great. We were due decent weather and finally, after three wet years, we got sunshine.

"There was a good turnout and I was really pleased with how everything went, and everyone enjoyed a good picnic day."

The sports began in time-honoured fashion with the grand procession from the Evergreen Hall, which was joined by a total of 470 children – all receiving 3 on completion of the trek up the Loan – behind the Saxhorn Band and Scout Fellowship Band.

Cornet Greg Easton led the way and, along with Lass Stacey Brand, was on hand to present the prizes. And the afternoon was also enjoyed by Acting Father and Mother Gordon and Evelyn Jackson.

Secretary Mr Scott said: "It was great to have the Cornet and his Lass and Acting Father and Mother there, and the children were really enthusiastic and polite."

Although eight-year old Trinity pupil Ben Scott suffered a broken elbow after a fall, the day boasted a great family atmosphere and organisers allowed the event to run on into the early evening.

The highest accolade of the day was once again awarded to Drumlanrig School, which for the third year running was crowned the overall winner and held on to the prestigious Vertish Hill Sports Cup.

And the school on the Loan boosted its trophy cabinet even further by winning the boys' relay race to lift the Alec Johnstone Trophy, and gained glory in the girls' relay race to secure the Elizabeth Johnstone trophy.

Champion girl was named as Amy Martin from Trinity Primary School, and the title of champion boy was won by Callum Renwick from Drumlanrig.