AS THIS year’s X-Factor hype reaches fever pitch, Hawick has a showcase of its own to savour when local performers of all ages take to the town hall stage next Friday night (October 28).
And although there will be no recording contract for the top performer, the real winner will be the Combat Stress charity, which will receive the proceeds from the concert, hosted by Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir.
The military mental health charity accepted 1,400 new referrals last year alone, and the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the nation’s freedom have never needed Teries more.
The Combat Stress caseload, which currently sits at 4,600, includes over 500 Iraq veterans and almost 170 from the Afghanistan conflict.
The show, which has been produced by Graham Ford, will feature a combination of singing, dancing and comedy. The singing will be a mixture of solo performances from experienced and emerging local singers, while the PSA Choir and Hawick Opera will perform some of their toe-tapping favourites.
The Shields Dance Group and the Lesley McFarlane Dancers will provide some high-energy dance routines. While laughter is guaranteed as Graham puts his stamp on proceedings with two hilarious sketches on the theme of Take Me Out and Still Game.
Looking ahead to the event, Graham told the Hawick News this week: “I’ve never had the pleasure of working with so many brilliant performers and people who just want to get up on stage and give their all. It’s very exciting and I’m confident that those who turn up for this one-night only show will love it.
“I’ve certainly loved putting it all together and really enjoyed the chance to offer a showcase for so much Hawick talent.”
Tickets, priced £6 (£4), from LA Gems, Brydon’s and Deans & Simpson.