Christmas lights switch-on brings feelgood factor to Hawick
More than 2,000 Teries braved sub-zero temperatures to create a festive feelgood factor at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on at the weekend.
The weather might have been bitter on Saturday at Trinity Gardens, but spirits were high as townsfolk were entertained by a host of performers.
The 21 stallholders there also did a roaring trade, with many selling out of stock.
The event, organised by Hawick Community Council and regeneration group Future Hawick, has been hailed as the perfect start to the festive season.
Community council chairman Cameron Knox said: “All the hard work put in was made worthwhile just by seeing the faces of the children when Santa arrived to switch on the lights.
“The event really brought the feelgood factor to the town, and thanks go to local businesses for their support, with 330 selection boxes being handed out.
“I think the numbers in attendance were slightly up on last year, although it did run an hour longer this year.
“The stallholders did a roaring trade and many have asked to come back next year as a result.”
There were a variety of craft and other stalls selling mulled wine and offering face-painting.
The gathered throng also enjoyed such acts as the Golden Girls and the Dolly Mixtures.