Selkirk Rugby Club social event to take place of sevens hit for six by bad weather forecast

An alfresco social event planned at Selkirk Rugby Club this weekend has been postponed due to wet weather being expected.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 7:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 7:08 pm
Selkirk Rugby Club vice-president David Anderson basking in glorious sunshine at 2019's sevens there with Niamh Conway, Rachel Houston, Shirley Houston, Sam Anderson and Tibbie the dog. Similar weather isn't forecast for this weekend, leading to a replacement event being put back a week (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

A beer garden get-together was lined up at Philiphaugh on Saturday, May 8, to coincide with what would have been the date of 2021’s Selkirk Sevens tournament had it not been called off due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

It’s now been put back to the following Saturday, May 15, in the hope that the weather will be better then.

Currently, heavy rain is forecast for this coming Saturday and the temperature isn’t expected to rise any higher than 7C, making an outdoor gathering an unenticing prospect.

Club vice-president David Anderson said: “It seemed the most sensible thing to do, for as well as heavy rain, there’s also the possiblility of high winds, which are not the kind of conditions you want when staging an outdoor event.

“Everyone who had booked places has been informed, so we’re hoping the majority of the people who booked for May 8 will still be able to come along.

“However, I suspect there will be some folk who won’t now be able to make the new date, so any club members who would like to book a table but who weren’t on the original list are welcome to call me to see if there are any spare places.”

Anderson can be reached on 07830 204166.

Club officials at Selkirk, along with their peers at Jed-Forest and Kelso, announced last month that their 2021 sevens events would be scrapped, following Earlston and Langholm’s being cancelled earlier in the year.

An XVs tournament is lined up for the end of August, though.