Festival makes splash headlines at Newcastleton

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THEY were singing in the rain at Newcastleton Music Festival last weekend.

Caravans and tents began arriving as early as Wednesday and once again the two hotels, The Grapes and Liddesdale, together with the The Trap pub, were the main gathering points. Sadly, the Royal British Legion has now closed, but the bowling club proved a popular venue.

Opening and closing concerts were held in the village hall and the various competitions attracted commendable entries.

Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the festival.

An integral part of the weekend is the Copshaw Common Riding.

Tub Barry Jackson II, his Flake, Lyne McNeil, and Right and Left-Legged Men, Lynn Pearson and Scott Adamson, did the village proud when, followed by 122 cycling supporters, they checked the boundaries with great enthusiasm and dedication.

The prize for best dressed child went to joint winners Kyle and Skye Atkinson, best dressed bike and adult was ex-pat Hazel Jeffrey, while top window award went to Lumsden’s newsagents.

After the song was sung, Tub Jackson II received his colours and the fair was cried, which then led to the Tub’s chase up the Holm Hill for the coveted Mick Rick Trophy, which was won by Nigel Fox. The Tub was entertained at The Shed before heading to The Monument for the Cutting and Snogging of the Sod, and Suppin’ the Tequila ceremony.

The procession headed back to the village where they were met by an Olympic torch carried by Libby Kennedy who led the cavalcade to The Olive Tree where official emblems were presented.

Carolyn Cuthbert was nominated the official Bearer of the Barley Fadge and Ralph Hedley the Kipper Carrier. The Whisky and Toblerone ceremony at the Holm Brig was addressed by Ivor Nichol who spoke on how the brig was built and the invention of the Toblerone bar.

Family sports sponsored by Copshaw Catering were held at the garden party before Jedburgh Pipe Band led the principals to the village hall to open the music festival winners’ concert. Then it was back to The Fountain where Tub Jackson II gave an emotional speech before handing back the flag to Copshaw Common Riding chairman Gary Cuthbert.