Sod’s law reigned in Selkirk on Saturday – as on the one day a year that residents wear tweeds, hats and heavy boots, the sun shone down on the royal burgh.
However, that didn’t stop Souters smiling– nor for that matter the many visitors drawn by the town’s annual celebration of the times of writer Walter Scott.
And from the poignant moment that town crier Matthew Burgess opened proceedings – the previous incumbent of that job, his father Bob, having died earlier this year – to the moment the last market stall keepers packed up their wares, it was all proclaimed a huge success.
There was something for everyone, from the various buskers and bands in the streets as part of the Selkirk Sessions, to the ponies and donkeys from the Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary at Melrose, and from the superb plays at the old courthouse – if you were sharp enough to grab a ticket – to Mr Boots, the amazing fortune-telling goat from Les Amis D’Onno, near Jedburgh.
Refreshments were supplied by the tea-room in Selkirk Parish Church, as well as more hearty fare by Meg Dodd’s kitchen in the garden of the Hermitage.
Viv Ross, maistress of Scott’s Selkirk, said she was delighted with how the day had gone.
She said: “It’s a wonderful atmosphere again this year and the weather has been very kind to us.
“It has been a happy marriage between Scott’s Selkirk and Selkirk Sessions, as the music really helps to give the town a really relaxed vibe.
“The two plays at the courthouse have been very well received, and it’s great to see the smiles on everybody, from the kids to the adults.”