Win tickets to The South’s Gala day

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The South are on their way to Galashiels and The Southern has a pair of tickets – with the opportunity to meet the band – to give away.

The group features ex-members of The Beautiful South Dave Hemingway, Alison Wheeler, Damon Butcher, Tony Robinson and Gaz Birtles, who chalked up 34 chart singles and 15million worldwide record sales over a 20-year period.

Dave Hemingway’s musical career stretches back into the 80s. He became a founder member of The Beautiful South after the demise of The Housemartins, who had enjoyed a sustained purple patch and many hits before calling it a day in 1988.

Whilst bassist Norman Cook went on to become superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway proceeded to form The Beautiful South in December 1988 and success soon followed.

The South, a nine-strong band, perform many of The Beautiful South hits including A Little Time, Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Song For Whoever and Don’t Marry Her, plus new songs from their debut album Sweet Refrains, released at the end of last year.

The South play the Volunteer Hall on Thursday, November 21 – tickets are priced at £19.50 for the first 100, and then £22.50 after that. Briefs are available from or phone 01750 725480.

To win a pair, answer this question: What is the name of The South’s debut album?

Send your answer, name, full address and phone number by email to or post to The South Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Monday, May 27. Usual Southern rules apply.