Reivers Festival issues timetable

Pupils from Trinity Primary School in Hawick seen here dressed as Reivers ahead of 'Reivers Festival'.

Pupils from Trinity Primary School in Hawick seen here dressed as Reivers ahead of 'Reivers Festival'.

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Hawick Reivers Association has announced the plans for this year’s festival, which will take place over Easter weekend (March 25-27).

There are a number of significant changes to the timetable this year.

The festival opens in grand style on the Friday evening with The Reivers Family Banquet, which includes a three course dinner, with Hawick theatre company ACT 1 Youth providing the entertainment.

Saturday sees the popular Reivers market on the High Street and the local primary schools are gearing up to take part in the parade, the Reivers Games and schools drama productions.

As always one of the main attractions will be the Hot Trod; the torchlight procession through Wilton Lodge Park, ending with the fireworks display.

The ghost walk makes a return this year, but moves to the Saturday night after the fireworks.

The main concert this year moves to Saturday night with local band Up in Arms headlining.

Hawick Rotary Club hosts the Literary High Tea and welcome former Border TV presenter Gillian Fraser as the guest speaker, who has chosen the topic ‘the vital part ponies played in the story of the Reivers’.

Tickets will go on sale this Saturday at the Reivers Coffee morning in Trinity Church from 10am-noon and thereafter will be available from ILF, Dorwards or Border Events Box Office.