Children to enjoy battle reenactment

Around 1,800 children from Hawick and the surrounding area will gather on the outskirts of the town next Thursday to watch a special reenactment of the Battle of Hornshole.

The event is part of Hawick’s Vision 2014 project, the final part of a four-year initiative based around raising the ambitions and aspirations of young people.

It involves the local primary schools and high school, representatives from partner agencies, businesses, members of the community and councillors.

Janice Chapman, chair of the Vision 2014 steering committee, said: “We’re extremely excited about next week’s event which has been designed especially for the young people in the Teviot and Liddesdale area.

“It aims to help them understand a little of the history of 1514 and the events that took place, and which are commemorated each year as part of the common riding.

“We believe it will be something they will remember for years to come.”

Later the same day a bronze statue marking the 500th anniversary of the battle will be unveiled.

Councillor Stuart Marshall said: “Next week’s commemorations will be a spectacular celebration of the unique traditions of Hawick’s Common Riding, one of 11 fantastic festivals in the Borders that showcase our rich history and heritage and which are helping to attract increasing numbers of visitors to the region.

“This reenactment has been years in the planning and we’re sure the children will enjoy taking part in this once-in-a lifetime experience.”