In pictures: 2013’s Kelso Civic Week all a highlight for laddie Calum

Kelso would be preparing for its annual civic week at the moment were it not for the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown wiping out 2020’s festival calendar for the Borders.

Friday, 10th July 2020, 10:01 am
Updated Friday, 10th July 2020, 10:05 am
Kelso laddie Calum Thomson leading 2013's cavalcade to Hume Castle.
Kelso laddie Calum Thomson leading 2013's cavalcade to Hume Castle.

All being well, proceedings would be about to get under way on Sunday, continuing with colour-bussing on Wednesday and culminating a week tomorrow with a rideout to Yetholm and the event’s main day.

The event’s organisers have lined up some online activities, such as a children’s pet show and garden fancy-dress contest, instead so the occasion doesn’t go completely unmarked, though, and we’ve dug out some archive photos from Kelso Civic Week seven years ago by way of consolation too.

For further details of those online activities, go to www.kelsocivicweek.co.uk

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2013 Kelso laddie Calum Thomson is introduced on declaration night.

Calum Thomson was 2013’s Kelso laddie, and he was assisted by right and left-hand men Callum Vickers and Phil Hume.

Calum, 21 at the time and employed as a joiner for Roxburgh Estates, said afterwards: “The week was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

“The weather was perfect, and the bussing went very well. The whole week was a highlight. I wouldn’t change it for the world, and I want to be Kelso laddie next year.”

He was following in his father’s footsteps, his dad David having been 1984’s laddie.

Dancing in Kelso Square.
Calum Thomson holding Kelso's banner aloft.
Ellie Scott was one of four colour-bussers.
2013's Kelso Civic Week.
Achievement award winners Hector and Anne Innes.
2013 Kelso laddie Calum Thomson with silver jubilee laddie Steven Dickson.
Kelso laddie Calum Thomson is presented with a gift of a watch from his colleagues at Roxburghe Estates by factor Roddy Jackson.
Kelso laddie Calum Thomson with father David on the Yetholm ride.
Proud parents Vera and David Thomson watching proceedings.
Kelso Laddies’ Association chairman Neil Hastie with Callum Vickers and Phil Hume.
Kelso laddie Calum Thomson with the town banner.
Provost John Bassett at 2013's Kelso Civic Week.
Kelso Civic Week in 2013.