Borderers in party mood for royal couple’s big day

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BORDERERS are set to celebrate the royal wedding next week with street parties, a chamber choir, dressing up in wedding gear and village shindigs, writes Sally Gillespie.

Street parties are organised for Galashiels, Lauder and Peebles; there will be festivities in Selkirk clubs; thespians in Melrose are partying; and villagers in the hills will also come together on Friday, April 29.

The holiday will cost Scottish Borders Council more than £62,000, but that will be far from the minds of the ladies fundraising at Selkirk Rugby Club.

For the Royal Burgh’s women and their friends hope to raise money for the Lavender Touch charity while watching the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on television. The stylish fundraisers will have canapes and champagne, a buffet lunch and wedding cake, and hold a raffle. More information on 07932 174317.

In another club in town guests are invited to the Selkirk Conservative Club to enjoy a similar celebration and big-screen coverage of the Westminster Abbey ceremony.

There will also be prizes for the best-dressed male and female guests, and a royal quiz and the £10 tickets are available from the bar.

In Melrose the Borders Youth Theatre is holding its own royal wedding evening for those whose invitations were lost in the post. The young performers are encouraging their audience to dress up in wedding clothes and hats for the function, featuring bubbly, nibbles the chamber choir Andante and BYT performers. Tickets cost £8 and the event starts at 7.30pm. More information from Jennie Bisset on 01573 225275 or at

Street parties are being organised at Netherbank in Galashiels; Cranston Road, Lauder; Dukehaugh in Peebles; and at the school playground in Bonnington Road, also in Peebles.

South of Jedburgh, Glendouglas Hall committee has organised a widescreen television and are inviting people to bring and share their lunch from 10am onwards. Committee chairwoman Lucy Tile said: “We want to get the community together and anyone else who wants to come so we can watch and have a bit of a blether.”

More details from Mrs Tile on 01835 840389.

In the Cheviot foothills, Morebattle and Yetholm residents will be wishing the young royals well.

There will be a free family disco at the Templehall Hotel in Morebattle from 6.30pm, while earlier in the day there will be cream teas in the village institute at 3pm.

Yetholm is to host an informal get-together from 2.30pm on Town Yetholm village green when locals will bring their own refreshments.