Reece and Alex set for all the fun of the Tweedbank Fair

Tweedbank Lad and Lass Alex Bell and Reece Smith.
Tweedbank Lad and Lass Alex Bell and Reece Smith.

PRIMARY seven pupils Reece Smith and Alex Bell in their roles as Tweedbank Lad and Lass got the village’s annual fair underway this week, writes Flora Colton.

Tweedbank Lad Reece said: “It’s fantastic,” while Alex added: “I feel happy.”

Investiture Night kicked things off on Tuesday and there is a busy programme of events leading up to Sunday.

Reece and Alex are being supported by their attendants Ciaran McLaren (Lad’s First Attendant), Jordan Turnbull (Lad’s Second Attendant), Jayden McAllan (Lass’ First Attendant) and Maisie Kidd (Lass’ Second Attendant).

The Lad, Lass and all attendants said they would enjoy their special day.

The investiture was staged in the local community centre, with the Braw Lad and Lass from Galashiels also present.

The fun continued last night with a fancy dress parade, while tonight in the community centre there is junior and senior bingo, starting at 6pm.

Tomorrow night is adults’ night, with the community centre playing host to international comedy artist, Brenda Collins, plus music from Magnum Disco, from 7.30pm till late.

On Saturday, pavement artists will be at the school from 10am (weather permitting) and then it will be the turn of the fruit and flower grand parade.

Melrose Pipes & Drums will lead the parade from the community centre to the primary school, with the Tweedbank Lad and Lass plus their attendants following in a horse-drawn carriage, as well as local community groups and individuals.

The fete and fun day will follow on the school’s playing field, starting at 1pm. Other events include a Miss Chucklebutty Show in the school hall and a car boot sale in aid of local community groups.

On Sunday, there will be a grand charity adults quiz night in aid of the Scottish HART (Heart at Risk Testing) charity, which will be staged at Herges on the Loch, with registration starting at 8.30pm.