In a festive mood – despite the weather

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SATURDAY’S weather did its worst – but, undaunted, villagers and visitors are enjoying Yetholm Festival Week, writes Sally Gillespie.

The festival’s two new musical events proved popular and festival committee chairman David Hutchinson said: “The festival is going extremely well. We have broadened it a bit because there is a different population coming into Yetholm.”

The week started with the new comedy and popular songs evening in the Wauchope Hall when Barbara’s Shop Choir performed.

Mr Hutchinson said: “It was great fun. Geoffrey Emerson was involved, too, and everyone did extremely well. Everybody when they went out of the hall said what a lovely evening it was.”

Friday’s darts was followed by a cold Saturday with heavy rain.

Mr Hutchinson said: “The weather didn’t help on Saturday – 16 of us turned up for the family walk which was surprisingly nice. We made the best of it – and had hot baths afterwards!”

But the scheduled boules and barbecue at the Plough Hotel was cancelled. “Last year was lovely, it was like the Mediterranean, but we just couldn’t hold it and it has had to be postponed until after the festival.”

Sunday evening’s new concert by Yetholm Symphonia proved a success, while others enjoyed darts and dominoes at the Plough.

“The concert was delightful, really really good,” said Mr Hutchinson, “and the darts and dominoes on the same evening gives a choice for people.”

Monday’s events – quoits, family beetle drive and men’s pool – went well, he said, as did Tuesday night’s whist and darts.

Last night was the rideout to Stob Stanes and yesterday morning organisers were keeping their fingers crossed for good weather.

Mr Hutchinson said: “Last year there were about 120 riders. It’s a very popular ride – riders love the hills and it’s not too long and it’s very well marshalled by Douglas and Dave who do a grand job.”

Today sees the village lunch and in the evening family bingo. It’s karaoke night at the Border Hotel tomorrow evening, while Saturday brings a surge of yellow ducks racing down the Bowmont Water at the start of family day, with the festival dance concluding the week’s festivities.