CELEBRATIONS are under way at Innerleithen as the climax to the St Ronan’s Games Week approaches.
About 70 guests attended the senior citizens’ social, hosted by the St Ronan’s Border Games Committee which was the opening event of the festival.
Chairman Alan Patterson welcomed the guests as well as Standard Bearer-Elect Steven Notman, his Lass Kirstie Evans and their Supporters.
After a light supper, entertainment was provided by local youth music group E-Notes under the guidance of their leader Lauren Knox, supported by members of InChorus. Music for dancing was provided by Jimmy Gold. The Standard Bearer’s party danced an energetic reel – the first of the week.
Mrs M. McDernott, Montgomery Street, proposed the vote of thanks.
EX-STANDARD BEARERS’ DINNER DANCE
The Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association held the annual dinner-dance in 856 Social Club where the guests of honour, the Standard Bearer-Elect and his Lass, were joined by their supporters and parents. Association chairman Gary Coltman presented Steven with his commemorative flashes, provided each year by the association. Dancing was to the sound of Jimmy Logan and members of Innerleithen Pipe Band provided music for the reel.
STANDARD BEARER’S BALL
A record 350 people attended the Standard Bearer’s Ball held in a marquee at St. Ronan’s Community Centre. Included in their number were visiting principals from Peebles, West Linton, Galashiels, Selkirk, Penicuik, Biggar, Edinburgh, Currie and Musselburgh.
Music was provided by ball regulars, the Strangers. Once again the spectacle of the reel, accompanied by the local pipe band, was a highlight.
The bar was staffed by members of Peebles Ex-Cornets’ Association, the Beltane Committee and friends. The prize draw was also made during a break in proceedings.
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY
Stuart Brown became the 14th Dux Boy and representative of St. Ronan to raise the community flag on Sunday. After the Kirkin’ service, former community council chairman Ross McGinn invited Stuart to raise the flag outside the Memorial Hall.
It will fly there during Games Week except for tomorrow when it will be raised on the flagpole at St. Ronan’s Wells, so that the Union Flag may fly during the Act of Remembrance.
The principals made their customary visit to St. Ronan’s House where they entertained the residents with renditions of local songs and received hospitality from the staff..
SUNDAY - BANDS DISPLAY
Innerleithen Pipe Band and St Ronan’s Silver Band played to a large crowd on the High Street The pipe band, led by Drum Major Andy Lyon and Pipe Major Bruce Gillie, rendered a variety of stirring sets, while the Silver Band, conducted by Bandmaster David Robb, played a selection of marches.
The bands combined to perform The Rose of Kelvingrove. The Silver Band played the evening hymn, St. Clement before the massed bands marched off to the old favourite, Scotland the Brave with a promise of more superb music, provided by the two bands at the retreat on Games Saturday.
CAR TREASURE HUNT
The Cissy Barnett Trophy for the car treasure hunt went to Christine Waldie and friends from Peebles. There was a large entry,f 46 cars, and the hunt took seekers on a Midlothian tour.
Douglas Russell (Innerleithen) took second prize again with Nicola Wilson (also Innerleithen) in third place.
Games chairman Mr Patterson commented: “Once again thanks must go to Adrian Keddie and his team for all their hard work in compiling the treasure hunt for the 19th time.
“Thanks must also go to Caerlee Mills for sponsorship and to our team of markers for all their hard work checking answer papers.”
Tonight sees the fancy dress followed tomorrow evening with the installation, War Memorial service, St Ronan’s Wells ceremony and the Masonic Walk.
The children’s flower parade at 11am on Saturday is followed by the St Ronan’s Border Games, the Beating of Retreat at 7pm, the torchlight procession at 10pm and the Burning of the De’il at 10.30pm.