Copshaw festival once again hits all the right notes



Music and fun filled the air at the weekend as thousands gathered in Newcastleton for the annual traditional music festival.

A wet Friday surrendered to brilliant Saturday sunshine that put everyone in festival fettle.

Festival secretary Susie Kelly told The Southern: “Despite a very wet start to the weekend, with torrential rain on Friday, Copshaw Holm filled up with music lovers yet again for the festival’s 45th year.

“Singers, fiddlers, accordionists, guitarists and spectators filled the pubs and venues over the weekend, making it yet another successful weekend.

“Competitions on Saturday had old and new competitors, and the winners’ concert on Saturday night was a huge success, with lovely feedback from the audience.

“Ceilidh dances on Friday and Saturday night were well attended and enjoyed by all.

“Once again, we would like to thank the residents of this quiet wee village for their patience and hospitality over the weekend.

“Also a huge thanks to the local police who kept us all in order in a very friendly, low-profile way. See you next year.”

The official camp site in the centre of the village was packed, and tents, caravans and campervans lined the Liddell Water.

However, those campers around Whitehaugh Pool had to move on Sunday afternoon as the area was prepared for the opening of the cycle and foot bridge across the river by the Duke of Buccleuch the following day.

Organisers, on behalf of Buccleuch Estates, thanked campers for their cooperation.

As usual, the ever-popular and hilarious Copshaw Common Riding ran in tandem with the festival throughout Saturday.

Bicycles of various descriptions took the place of horses, but many riders still opted for jodhpurs, boots and spurs.

Man of the moment was Tub Peter ‘Pewee’ Irving, who proudly carried the blue banner of the village with its motto Purious Buckomus.

Ceremonies included the Crying of the Fair at both the start and end of the day; entertainment at The Shed; Snog the Sod and Sup Tequila; Holm Brig Toblerone and Whisky and Touching of the Cloth to commemorate the Battle of Fred’s Corner when the Burgh Flag was rescued from raiders.

Tub Peter said: “It has been great. I am humbled yet proud.”

Competition results

Accordion (Classical & Continental): India Smith

Accordion Open: India Smith

Border Ballad: Eliza Mood

Children’s Accordion: India Smith:

Children’s Instrumental Pairs:Lewis Dalgliesh and Murray Colvin

Children’s Miscellaneous Instrument: Sophie Hunter

Children’s Singing: Sophie Hunter

Country Dance Band: Redheughers

Fiddle (Novice):Demi Fernandez

Fiddle (Open): Eryn Rae

Fiddle (Slow Air & Reel): Eryn Rae

Highland Bagpipes (Open): Neil Kennedy

Instrumental Pairs: Demi Fernandez and Kathryn Tickell

Miscellaneous Instrument: Bob Gebbie

Original Poetry: John Milligan

Original Song (Non-Traditional): David McCallum

Original Composition Song (Traditional): David Mackintosh

Original Composition (Song in Scots): David Mackintosh

Original Composition (Tune): Sheila Sapkota/Bruce Hogg/Allan Williams

Storytelling: Bob Bolam

Traditional Singing (Men’s Open): Dave McCracken

Traditional Singing (Women’s Novice): Sharon McEwen

Traditional Singing (Women’s Open): Kirsty Leonard




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