Sunshine and smiles highlight packed week of village events

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. Iron Man.
Walkerburn Fancy Dress. Iron Man.
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Villagers in Walkerburn threw themselves into their annual festival, which enjoyed plenty of sunshine and smiles, as well as good support. A packed week of events came to an end on Sunday with the boat race, which saw a home-made vessel by Nick Henderson take first spot.

The 81st Walkerburn Summer Festival kicked off the previous Monday with a special concert in the village hall to mark the installation of Festival Lad Sam Smith.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. red riding hood.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. red riding hood.

Sam, 12, who has just completed his final year at Walkerburn Primary School, was presented with his sash of office and medal by special guest Jack Waldie, who was Dux Boy in 1937. This was followed by the presentation to the winner of the Walkerburn Essay Competition, Arran Houston, also 12 and another local primary seven pupil.

The ceremonies and presentations were followed by Zumba dancing and a Mastermind-style quiz. A festival and schools sports day took place on Tuesday, followed by a treasure hunt.

More than 40 people took part in the hunt, which was eventually won by Claire Wilson. A children’s scavenger hunt followed on Wednesday with the fancy-dress parade at Alexandra Park on Friday.

The evening was brought to a close with a torchlight procession, bonfire and fireworks. Saturday saw adult sports in the park, with a race night and disco at Walkerburn Rugby Club.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. rubbish rascals.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. rubbish rascals.

The final events of the festival were held on Sunday, and, as well as the popular boat race, included a family barbecue. Speaking this week, festival president Brian Lees, was delighted with the way the programme of events had gone.

“Everything went really well. It just seems to get bigger and better ever year,” Mr Lees told The Southern.

“The rain stayed away for the whole week, which was great, and all the kids and families really seemed to enjoy themselves – there were plenty of smiles on lots of faces at any rate.

“And when you see people enjoying themselves like that, it makes all the hard work and effort worthwhile.”

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. rupunzel and the witch.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. rupunzel and the witch.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. scooby doo.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. scooby doo.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. Smurfs on tour.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. Smurfs on tour.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. Zebras.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. Zebras.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. British Lions.

Walkerburn Fancy Dress. British Lions.

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Walkerburn Fancy Dress. scottish borders walking festival.