Morebattle celebrated in style last week, with villagers out in force to take part in, and support, their annual festival and games week.
The festival started on the last Sunday in July with the sashing of the 2014 Games Queen, Emma Thomson, during a service in Morebattle Church.
It was followed on Saturday, August 2, with the boys and girls football competition at the school playing field, and on Sunday with the family day, also at the playing field, complete with races, team games, welly throwing, penalty kick and bowls competitions, plus a tombola stand.
At the coffee evening last Monday £211 was raised for festival funds and the winner of a grocery box was Brenda Dixon, while the ‘guess how many sweets’ contest was won by Danielle McNulty.
A successful family bingo night was also held in the Templehall Lounge and greatly enjoyed by all.
On the Tuesday, the local camera club held an exhibition of photographs, and the Robert Fox Trophy was won by George Sudlow. A tea and biscuits event was also held and a raffle raised £220.
The pool competition was held in the Templehall where the winner was Stan Scott, and runner-up Andrew Scott.
Wednesday saw the whist and dominoes competition with Mary Pringle taking the winner’s spot in the ladies whist, while the winning gent was Gil Telfer.
The dominoes winner was Kerry Dixon and £161 was raised for festival week funds.
The egg hunt, teddy bears’picnic and treasure hunt were all held on Thursday. Winner of the egg hunt and the teddy bear competition was Luke Jackson; treasure hunt winners were Emma Thomson, Zak Douglas, Lillie Reid and Lana Donaldson.
The pet show was held at the school playing field and there was a good turnout of entrants and spectators.
Winners were as follows: Large Dog, Flora Thomson with Rhubarb; Small Dog, Liam Purves with Oscar; Small Pet other than Dogs, Emma, Lucy and Jenny with Tigger the Cat; Rescued Pet was Emma, Lucy and Jenny with Tigger the Cat; Owner most like pet, Liam Purves with Oscar.
It was then the turn of the ever-popular fancy dress contest on Friday, although the event had to be switched to the Templehall Lounge due to bad weather.
Winners were as follows: Children 7 and under – Eli McBlain as Clown; Children 8-16, Sam Johnston as the Kelsae Stane; Children Groups – Ryan, Chloie, Katy and Logan as Goldilocks and Three Bears; Individual Adults – Richard Savage as Famous Grouse; Mixed Groups – The Village Shop as the Knitting Nannas.
Pool Cup Winner – Stan Scott; Overall Fancy Dress Cup Winner – Sam Johnston as the Kelsae Stane. Scarecrow Shield Winner – Lyn Broughton as The Fairytale Proposal.
Morebattle Games Queen Emma Thomson presented all the cups and prizes during the festival week, and finished off her week presenting the trophies at the Morebattle Games.
Festival Week organisers Catherine and John Mabon were delighted with the way all the various events went and the level of support from villagers.
Mr Mabon told The Southern this week: “We were blessed with good weather, apart from Friday night’s fancy dress, which was moved indoors because of wet weather.
“The teddy bears’ picnic and treasure hunt were especially enjoyable, with all the little children taking part and the family bingo, which was a new event this year, was great fun.”