Details of an evening of celebration in Hawick for the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay were revealed yesterday, Wednesday.
The High Street will see a colourful parade of all 71 flags of the Commonwealth on June 18, with 300 school pupils also performing their Hawick-a, a war dance marking the twinning of the Borders with Tonga for Glasgow 2014.
The free ‘Haka Hawick’ events are supported through Games for Scotland, which this year celebrates the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay.
The programme, managed by EventScotland, forms part of Legacy 2014 – the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a legacy through Scotland’s role as host of the Commonwealth Games.
Alongside the parade will be free concerts from a host of performers, including local favourites Scocha in the Town Hall.
The big drums of Clanadonia will be heard all the way along the High Street, and traditional African group Kakatsitsi will provide even more rhythm and colour to the event.
Dance group Dudendance will also provide a performance exploring the meaning of borders and a dance showcase in Hawick High School will complete the evening.
Kakatsitsi will also be performing a free show at The Heart of Hawick on Monday, June 16.
Olivia Roper, performing arts co-ordinator at the council, which is organising the event, said: “The council and EventScotland have combined to provide a real community celebration through Haka Hawick.
“The event will be a creative and colourful addition to the final leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay in the Borders, and recognise the region’s twinning with Tonga.
“Dancing and drumming are key cultural elements of Tonga, and all aspects of Haka Hawick will celebrate our ties with the Polynesian country.”
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Paul Bush, chief operating officer for EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Scottish Borders Council to deliver an inspiring and motivating event, building excitement in the run up to the games.”
Mr Bush added: “The Games for Scotland programme has been spreading the message of the games around Scotland’s communities since 2010 and has proved to be hugely popular.”