Plattling pals all set for return visit to Selkirk

Plattling concert. The Plattlingers
Plattling concert. The Plattlingers

The Royal Burgh is gearing up to welcome back some well-known Bavarian friends.

The well received and ever-popular dance band Friends travel to Selkirk next month as part of the town’s twin 
relationship with the German town of Plattling.

Friends are ‘die gute Laune’ band, which translated means they guarantee to put their audience in a good mood.

The musicians and their entourage will arrive on Wednesday, April 3, and from their base at the Heatherlie House Hotel, they will take in the sights of various scenic locations, including Seahouses, the Farne Islands, Alnwick, Braidwood Clays, Jedburgh and Edinburgh.

The highlight of their visit will be a concert and dance at Selkirk Rugby Club on Friday, April 5.

This will mark the third in a series of such events, and included on the line-up will be Selkirk Pipe Band, Riddell Fiddles and perennial favourites, Gael Force.

The evening will be compered by John Nichol and admission is free. Further details are displayed on posters all around the town.

The following evening, Saturday, April 6, musicians will converge on the Heatherlie House Hotel for an informal evening of music and laughter.

John Nichol said: “The Plattling Twinning Committee welcomes everyone to come along and enjoy an evening of top-quality entertainment and camaraderie.”

Friends last made a visit to the Royal Burgh in October 2011 when a group of 15 performed in the rugby club.

Their latest expedition follows a party of 10 councillors from Plattling making a trip to Selkirk in October, when they were given a guide to the history of the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys.