Music and story turned the clock back to the early 19th century as Scott’s Selkirk was celebrated in style over the weekend.
The festival began as a millennium project and has continued each year, with the exception of 2010, when it fell victim to the snow.
One victim this year was the Maister of Scott’s Selkirk, Tommy Combe, who injured his knee just 15 minutes before he was due to conduct the opening ceremony.
His duties were quickly taken on board by committee volunteer Edith Scott who was assisted at the Market Place launch by Provost Les Millar and local sheriff and writer Sir Walter Scott – alias Selkirk actor John Nichol.
Tommy was able to join the celebrations later on crutches. He told us: “I was obviously disappointed, but the weekend went well and everybody seems to have had a great time.”
The extravaganza included a ceilidh, a concert and music by a host of entertainers at various venues around the town, including the Market Place, the County Pend and Meg Dod’s Kitchen in the grounds of TheSouthern’s Hermitage base.
Stallholders felt visitor numbers were down on 2009, but both they and local shopkeepers reported a healthy trade. Visitors were spotted from Northumberland and Glasgow. Among the most popular attractions were the re-enactments of court cases heard by Sir Walter Scott and held in his old courtroom. A charity fair hosted by the local Rotary Club also proved popular.
Stand-in Maister Edith told us: “The only blight was some vandalism on Saturday night when some local youths took it upon themselves to smash strings of lights, but local electrician Graham Maine, with the help of Dougie Squance, came to the rescue.”
A committee preparing for the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden in 2013 held a fundraising medieval banquet attended by King James IV in the County Hotel.
A beacon blazed in the Market Place and was used to light Advent candles in the town’s churches.
The weekend finished with a spectacular fireworks display.
z More pictures in a four-page special in tomorrow’s Selkirk Weekend Advertiser.