WALKERBURN festival, which ended on Sunday, is being hailed as one of the best ever.
Event chairman Eric Lavender said: “It went really well, the weather was definitely on our side this year and it helped bring out the crowds to all the events.”
Walkerburn primary school pupil Sean Murtagh was installed as the Festival Lad last Monday at the village hall. Fellow pupil Gemma Robertson won the annual essay competition. Schoolchildren and local group Fortissimo performed at the festival concert when the guest speaker was Aileen Boathwick.
The week-long festivities started with the festival church service and family bowling. The well-supported bike ride from the Henry Ballantyne (HB) Club to Elibank and back took place on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday it was the school sports day while the car treasure hunt in the evening attracted 10 cars – up on last year when the event was revived – and took competitors around the Borders. The winner was Joyce Hume.
Festival committee member Brian Lees, who campaigned to save the car treasure hunt when he was festival chairman, said: “Everybody who was in it said it was so much fun.“
Primary school children enjoyed a party in the village hall on Thursday evening while there was a quiz for teenagers and adults in the HB Club which was won by the four-man team Still No Dave.
Friday brought the fancy dress parade, when the 10 categories were well supported, and the torchlight procession followed by the festival bonfire and fireworks at Alexandra Park.
The adults sports day took place on Saturday at the rugby club and Sunday’s boat race from the HB Club down the Tweed was won by Nick Henderson. The domino tournament was well supported.
Festival committee member Margaret Henderson said: “It was a very, very successful festival, everybody in the village was talking about it. The fireworks were special, everything was well attended and we were really fortunate with the weather.”
“The festival went absolutely perfectly, it’s getting better every year,” said vice-chairman Mr Lees.
The committee thanked sponsors and everyone who made donations said Mr Lavender, adding: “We’re really pleased with the way this year’s festival turned out and are looking to make it bigger and better next year.”