Hawick ready for reivers

This year’s Hawick Reivers Festival sees a busy programme, which kicks off on Friday, March 28, with Scocha in concert in the new venue of The Old Baths.

The Reivers market moves to the High Street and features Les Amis d’Onno, Border Clansmen and Best of Times Worst of Times demonstrating marching drills and sword play.

The birds of prey display returns and youngsters from four primary schools perform plays in St Mary’s Church. The Reivers Primary School games will run from 11.15am in the civic space.

Andrew Armstrong will present a talk at 1pm in the Heritage Hub looking at the fate of reiving families after the Union of the Crowns.

The torchlight procession leaves at 6.30pm from the Common Haugh, followed by fireworks in Wilton Lodge Park.

It is then back to the Old Baths for the first-ever Reivers Banquet which starts at 8.15pm.Sunday is the Reivers Walk, led by historian Ian Landles, leaving from the golf club car park at 9am and concluding with lunch and concert in the Old Baths at 12.30pm.

The weekend ends with a literary high tea, in the rugby club at 4.30pm, and talk on “Reiving and Bereaving”, supported by Billy Young of Langholm and ballads from Kathy Hobkirk and Henry Douglas. More at www.hawickreivers.com