Teries set to rally round online Hawick Common Riding events

This year’s Hawick Common Riding will be celebrated despite the lockdown next month thanks to the creation of virtual concerts which will be shared online.

Monday, 11th May 2020, 5:03 pm
Updated Monday, 11th May 2020, 5:21 pm
Hawick Cornet Connor Brunton follows behind the Drums and Fifes band in 2019.

Teries at home and abroad will be able to enjoy streamed versions of some of the historic festival’s most prominent events from the comfort of their sofas for the first time.

Ex-cornet John Hogg said: “Nothing can replace our common riding celebrations but the Common Riding committee felt compelled to mark our common riding nonetheless in a safe and appropriate manner.

“As part of our programme of events over the coming weeks, we have organised three virtual concerts. These will be held on what would be chase night, the overseas night and the colour bussing.

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“You’ll hear songs from the wealth of talent we are so lucky to call our own, both young and not so young alike.

“There will also be guest appearances from local dignitaries and a host of other events.”

As well as those three virtual concerts, the 1514 Club will stream its 2001 and 1993 concerts, the town’s own musical A Reiver’s Moon will be shown online twice, and 1514 The Musical will also stream as live.

The first stream takes place this Wednesday, May 13, where you can see the 1514 Club’s 2001 concert from 6.30pm.

Teries are being asked to send in videos of themselves singing along to Up Wi’ Auld Hawick and Teribus which will then be edited into the virtual concerts.

The first such virtual concert will be shown on Thursday, May 28, on what would be chase night. After that the overseas night virtual concert will be available for one week from Wednesday, June 3,the colour bussing virtual concert follows the evening after that. The alternative common riding offerings concludes with a rerun of the 2014 Big Return.

All streaming begin at 6.30pm and can be seen on the common riding Facebook page and online here: www.hawickcommonriding.co.uk.

Mr Hogg added: “2020 is a special year for some – and our congratulations and best wishes go to ex-cornet Lee Matthews and his lass Angela celebrating 25 years, along with their acting father and mother, Phil and Moira Nichol. Sadly our 50th anniversary ex-cornet Ronnie Gibson is no longer with us however our congratulations go to his lass, Vivienne Robertson.

“Celebrating a great milestone is our 60th anniversary ex-cornet Jed Huggan and his wife Irene.”

“We hope you will all find some way to celebrate and reminisce on the great times had in your terms of office.”

The town’s honorary provost Watson McAteer added: “The coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on our community but it will not stop us remembering and celebrating our rich history and we all look forward to 2021 when that May election night will once again witness another young Hawick man continuing a journey towards our destiny.”

For a full programme of events click here: http://www.hawickcommonriding.co.uk/