‘It was one of the best festivals we’ve ever had’

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As the assembled musicians reluctantly left the town’s Conservative club on Sunday evening, it marked the end of the 2016 Selkirk Sessions.

It was another year with many more magical memories and new tunes learned, which will ensure they return to do it all over again in 2017.

Exhausted organiser Davie Scott said: “It was even more successful this year than we had hoped it would be.

“In fact, people were saying it was one of the best festivals we have ever had.

“The Fleece bar was stowed out on Friday and Saturday nights, and there were a lot of people in the Tory club and the bowling club.

“There were a lot of strangers around, even if there were not a huge amount of people from Selkirk.

“The outdoor stage in the High Street worked really well, and the open-mic slots proved very popular.

“In all, I think the sound quality was fantastic in all the venues.

“It was also good to have a few younger bands taking part.”

There were also prizes to be won over the course of the weekend.

The chorus cup was won by Vinney Bell, and Carole Dunnington was awarded the prize for the over-16 song or instrumental.

The prize for over-16 song or poem was won by Peter Parley, and Patsy McArthur won the under-16 version.

Davie added: “I’d like to offer a huge thanks to the people who came to perform as well as the people who came along to listen. It’s not much of a festival without either of them.”