All eyes will fall on Kelso Laddie Sean Hook as the town’s civic week begins this weekend.
Saturday sees the week off to a sporting start with the tennis challenge at Orchard Park and the senior five-a-side football at Woodside Park both at 1pm.
The Kelso Golf Club gents open presentation takes place at 9pm.
On Sunday the Kelso Crawlers 10k run sets off from the Cobby at 11am. That afternoon the family day will be held at Shedden Park between 1pm and 4pm and includes the junior five-a-side football tournament. A baby show takes place in the Lesser Tait Hall at 2pm.
That evening at 6pm the Kelso Laddie will lay a wreath at the War Memorial followed by kirking of the Laddie in Kelso Old Parish Church at 6.30pm.
Monday’s children’s pet show opens at 1pm in the Tait Hall while this year’s art exhibition will be opened by Ron Wilson MBE in Town House at 12.30pm. That night sees the Whipman’s ride, incorporating Sprouston rideout and the visit to Roxburgh.
The cavalcade leaves Woodside Park at 2.45pm after the ringing of the Old Curfew Bell at 3.40pm. Arrive Heiton Square at 5pm and leave again 5.30pm. After the oration at 6.15pm, the equestrian events begin at 6.50pm. The cavalcade leaves again at 9pm.
Tuesday’s ride to Stichill, Hume and Ednam leaves from Springwood Anna at 4pm. Riders will arrive in Stichill at 5.15pm, Hume at 6.30pm, Ednam at 8.15pm and back to town at 9.30pm. The men’s and women’s darts finals will be held at 7.30pm in the Royal British Legion Clubrooms.
Wednesday’s children’s sports in Poynder Park begin at 1.30pm. That evening Kelso Pipe Band plays in the Square at 6.30pm before the installation of the Kelso Laddie and the colour bussing at 7pm. This is followed by the torchlight procession which leave from Mayfield at 11pm proceeding by Bridge Street and Roxburgh Street to the Cobby where the fireworks being at 11.15pm.
On Thursday there’s a fancy dress party in the Tait Hall between 1pm and 3.30pm. The ride to Floors Castle leaves Woodside Park at 4.00pm as does the cycle fun-run. The cavalcade returns to Kelso Square at 7.30pm.
The Civic Week Ball in Springwood Park function suite begins at 8.30pm, meanwhile the pool competition is the Red Lion at 8pm.
Timings for next Friday’s swimming gala and next Saturday’s rideout to Yetholm and fancy-dress will follow in next week’s Southern Reporter.
Friday’s swimming gala is in the pool at 1.30pm. Saturday’s rideout to Yetholm leaves the Square at 8.30am and will arrive at Yetholm war memorial around 11.15pm where the Kelso Laddie lays a wreath. The cavalcade leave Yetholm at 1.30pm and return to the Square at 4.45pm. The Blackthorne Ceilidh Band will play in the Square between 2pm and 4pm. That evening’s fancy dress procession leaves Tait Hall at 7pm.
The presentation of cups and the return of the Kelso Standard concludes the Civic Week in the Square after the fancy dress procession.