Buskers weather the storm

Roxanne Port and Bethany Logan strike up a tune
Roxanne Port and Bethany Logan strike up a tune

ALTHOUGH the Teribuskers festival was unlucky with the weather last weekend, it did nothing to dampen the spirits of those participating in the celebration of music.

Organisers have reported that the fourth annual festival still managed to drum up plenty of success, despite heavy downpours affecting the number of buskers on the street on Saturday – and resulting in the abandonment of Sunday’s afternoon of music in the park.

Ron Hastings, Pat Douglas and Donald Knox

Ron Hastings, Pat Douglas and Donald Knox

But with Friday night’s opening ceilidh and concert with the Stuart Anderson Band in Wilton Church Hall attracting a full house, and local busking sessions being blessed with talent of all ages, vice-convenor Pearl Dalgleish says she was pleased with the weekend.

She told the Hawick News: “The festival was certainly a success, but the weather let us down. Although numbers were down on Saturday as a result of the weather, there was still a few on the street and we were pleased with what we heard.”

And pinpointing a particular area of success, she revealed: “The kids that took part were a highlight for me, their enthusiasm was unbelievable.”

Saturday’s proceedings were opened by exiled Teri and lead singer of the Harbour Band, Bill Woodcock, who flew over from Norway specially to support the weekend.

And whilst the High Street was closed to traffic between 11.30am and 3.30pm, judging of the open busking competition declared Monica Richardson the winner of the junior section, with Eryn Rae in second place, and third being awarded to Mark Messer.

The senior category was won by The Riddell Fiddles, with 4D in second place, and The Independents claiming third.

Committee member Rory Bannerman commented: “The street busking was an excellent opportunity for young and old to watch and perform on the High Street. A highlight was Big Bill singing to open Saturday plus the pub sessions, the Scout Fellowship Pipe Band on Sunday, and a great ceilidh on Friday night.”

But alluding to the small band of volunteers who make the festival possible, he added: “We definitely need more help for next year in order to safeguard its future. Pearl’s drive was vital to the whole weekend, but we need more like her.”

Sunday’s duck race which did go ahead was won by Mr Buchahan, 2nd Madge Anderson, 3rd Kath Lambert.