'It almost felt as if times were normal' - supporters had fun at Peebles Sevens over the weekend

There was something of a carnival atmosphere at the Peebles Sevens over the weekend.

By Paul Kelly
Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 11:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 12:11 pm
James Ferguson, Dylan Russell, Kyle Adams, Rachel Beattie, Clare Mclean, Amber Ojak, Kaeli King and Suzanne Adam. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
James Ferguson, Dylan Russell, Kyle Adams, Rachel Beattie, Clare Mclean, Amber Ojak, Kaeli King and Suzanne Adam. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)

It was the first time a rugby sevens event had been staged in the Borders for almost two years and more than one thousand fans were able to enjoy both the rugby and the atmosphere.

Happily, threatened heavy downpours failed to materialise too.

Sam Hamilton is a platinum club co-ordinator at Peebles Rugby Club.

Eve Huxley, Manor Carrol, Ruby Davidson and Beth Peavie. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)

The platinum club is a fundraising initiative which does a great deal to support the club and its players.

She said: “The numbers allowed entry was limited to a thousand and it was free entry, which is nice because normally it’s £10. That was a good incentive for people to come and support it.

"There was a good mixture of ages and it was a good turn-out for all the events, not just the Kings of the 7s, which was the main event.

"On top of the thousand spectators there was also the hospitality tent for sponsorship, that was for companies and people that sponsor the rugby and they were sponsoring each tie over the weekend.

Kaeli King's ladies team won the Peebles 7s. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)

"There were drinks there, there was a bar and table service and it was a good atmosphere. It actually felt like one of the first normal things that we have done since covid, it really felt like getting back to normal.

"The weather was good and it didn’t rain so that was a bonus too.”

Sam, who also runs an equestrian business, added: “It was the first seven tournament in the Borders for two years since covid. It was also over the whole weekend, the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it was a relaxed atmosphere.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Peter Kinstry, Blair Cockburn and David Reive. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
Ellie McVitie & Eve Huxley. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
Nicola, Rab and Lisa Stewart, Susan Starr, Pipe Major Tracy Thomson, Fr: Matthew Thomson, Ellie McGovern & Alasdair Gemmell. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
Ladies auditioning for the band at the hospitality marquee. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)
Trish Wintrup, Jackie Campberll & Terri Weir. (Photo: BILL McBURNIE)