The excitement is building in Innerleithen as townsfolk get ready for this year’s St Ronan’s Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies.
Games Week president Keith Belleville told us: “We are, once again, looking forward to an excellent St Ronan’s Week.
“In David Forrest we have a born standard bearer and, along with his lass, Shannon Knox, he’s doing a fantastic job of representing Innerleithen around the Borders and beyond.
“Our young principals, led by Ally Norman and Ruby Finn, will also play their part and are set to impress in the unique Cleikum Ceremony.
“We have enjoyed fantastic support from across the community as our small committee makes preparations for Innerleithen’s big week and I am very grateful to everyone for their support.”
The full Games Week programme is as follows:
THURSDAY, JULY 9:
Senior citizens’ social in the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Free tickets available from The Post Office.
SATURDAY, JULY 12:
Football 5s take place in Victoria Park (Rovers Pitch) from noon. The annual ball takes place in a marquee at St. Ronan’s Community School.
SUNDAY, JULY 13:
The procession will leave Hall Street at 11am for the Kirkin’ Service at the Parish Church at 11.30am. Bands performances – both the Sunday afternoon programme of music (3pm) and the Retreat (Saturday, 7pm) will be held on the High Street.
MONDAY, JULY 14:
All competitors for the car treasure hunt are invited to report to the entrance foyer of the Memorial Hall, Leithen Road, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm to collect their clue sheets. Entry is £5 per car.
TUESDAY, JULY 15:
The children’s sports commence in Victoria Park at 6.30pm. Following the sports there will be a disco in the Memorial Hall for 8-13 year olds ( 8.15-9.45pm) and a magician in the Vale Club for 4-7 year olds (8.15-9.30pm).
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15:
Quiz Night at 856 social club, 8pm.
THURSDAY, JULY 16:
All fancy dress competitors choose own classes and assemble in Victoria Park for judging at 7pm. Parade starts 7.30pm .
FRIDAY, JULY 17:
The Cleikum Ceremonies will begin in the Memorial Hall at 7pm – doors open at 6.15pm and close at 6.55pm, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Installation of Patron Saint and Standard Bearer by Games President Keith Belleville;
Investiture of Dux Girl; Presentation of Medals and the Colour Bussin’.
This is followed immediately by the service ‘For the Fallen’ at the War Memorial, then the ceremony at St Ronan’s Wells at 8.30pm .
The final part of the Cleikum is the Runic Cross Ceremony in the Parish Churchyard. The procession to the Church leaves Hall Street at 10.15pm. Following this the procession will move to the home of the Dux Boy in Plora Terrace.
SATURDAY, JULY 18:
The Flower Parade .
The Games programme opens with the Race Round the Town from Hall Street at 1.30pm. As well as the traditional toun race for over 17 years, St Ronan’s Border Games will again present a youth version of the popular event.
188th ANNIVERSARY of ST RONAN’S BORDER GAMES
The oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland gets under way in Victoria Park at 2pm. There are various track events and two hill races to enjoy as well as ice cream, hot snacks, a beer tent and a children’s entertainer. Innerleithen Pipe Band and St. Ronan’s Silver Band will Beat the Retreat on the High Street at 7pm. A torchlight procession will leave from outside the Vale Club at the top of The Batty at 10pm.