Sunshine and celebrations galore

Burnfoot Carnival.
Burnfoot Carnival.
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Excitement was at fever pitch on Saturday afternoon as the community of Burnfoot came out in force to celebrate their Carnival.

Organised by Burnfoot Community Council, the festival was hailed a huge success after locals turned out in their thousands to enjoy a fun-packed afternoon in glorious sunshine, which, according to carnival committee chair Jamie Batten, surpassed all expectation.

Mr Batten said: “Everything ran smoothly. Richard and I and other members of the carnival committee would agree, the weather made it the way it was. It was absolutely perfect weather.”

In his opening speech, honorary provost Stuart Marshall said: “What has always impressed me about Burnfoot Carnival is the great community spirit that there is within the scheme.”

In stark contrast to last year’s washout, proceedings began with the fancy dress parade revelling in the sunshine from Henderson Road to the carnival ground opposite the school.

Led by the Hawick Scout Fellowship pipe band, at the head of the procession was Hawick Cornet Chris Ritson and his lass Heather Amos, closely followed by 10-year-old Carnival Queen Dru Moscrop, dressed to the nines and clearly loving every minute of her day in the spotlight.

During the proceedings Dru was duly crowned, while 11-year-old carnival Cornet Harri Cooper received his riding crop.

The parade was hugely impressive, and there was plenty for families to enjoy during the day’s festivities, including an energetic dance display performed by Got 2 Dance, while live bands gathered to entertain the masses until 9pm.

There was also a fun fair, bouncy castle, toy stalls, face painting, car boot sales, refreshments, and exhibitions by local groups.

The weather couldn’t have been further removed from last year, as Mr Batten said: “Last year gazebos were flying all over the place, and it was pouring with rain, windy, wet and nasty, whereas it was perfect this year. It was absolutely fabulous.

“A special thanks must go to the people who turned up early morning to set up the carnival area, also to the Burnfoot community school children, Kenny McCartney from Burnfoot Community Council for putting the programme together, and Howdens Joinery for providing the truck used as a stage.”