New events for festival’s fun-packed opening day

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THE opening day of this year’s Hawick Summer Festival is shaping up to be one of the best in the event’s history.

Organisers have revealed that Trinity Gardens and Teviotdale Leisure Centre will be the two venues for a string of exciting new activities to launch the 27th annual ten-day extravaganza. And the action will get under way from 11.30am on Saturday, August 13, at Trinity Gardens, with the launch of 1,000 balloons, a performance from international youth dancers, and a mass children’s fitness workout conducted by staff from the leisure centre. Cornet Michael Davidson will also be in attendance to crown this year’s flower princess.

Following the activities at The Horse, the focus will then switch to the TLC where an action-packed day will continue with a we are the champions-style swimming event with former Weel-Kent Face winners acting as managers of the children’s teams.

Local celebrity cook Carolyn Oliver, fresh from her recent appearance on ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish, will be giving a cookery demonstration, while staff from the Escape Youth Café will organise various children’s activities, and a craft fair will also be held.

The day will be rounded off in spectacular style as the indoor bowls stadium is transformed into a concert venue for the first time in years for a Jools Holland-style evening, featuring Duke Street, The Joe Mangels and a host of other local entertainers.