Arts & Screen

And the Braw Lad and Lass are ...

The latest additions to a long line of Braw Lads and Lasses were revealed in Galashiels in glorious conditions on Friday evening.
Unlike 2017 Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Kieran Riddell ' and every one before him ' this year's main man will emerge with a flourish from the Victoria Halls instead of the town hall doors.

Tradition changes for one year only

There will be a break from tradition on Friday, April 27, as Selkirk’s Royal Burgh Standard Bearer will be revealed not from the town hall, but from the Victoria Halls.

Fallago Environment Fund chairman Gareth Baird, left, giving �32,890 to the Hume Castle Preservation Trust's Douglas Tweedie.

Borders castle research project given £33,000 boost

A bid to find out more about the history of a Borders castle has been boosted by a grant of almost £33,000.

Hammermen deacon Alan Tough congratulates Mark Easson on his appointment

Hammermen nail their man for 2018 casting

Selkirk’s incorporation of Hammermen chose their standard bearer last Tuesday evening in the town’s County Hotel.

Hawick's James Wilson statue.

Hawick statue could soon be on move again

A new home is being sought in Hawick for a statue of one of the town’s most famous sons, James Wilson, founder of the Economist magazine.

Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers' Association handing out the proceeds of its latest charity rideout.

Selkirk rideout leads to £1,900-plus handout

Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association has handed out more than £1,900 raised by its annual charity rideout last September to five good causes, taking the total it has shared out over the last five years to almost £10,000.

Children's author Julia Donaldson with youngsters at Galashiels Library.

Borders youngsters brought to book by Gruffalo author Julia

Bestselling children’s author Julie Donaldson has been visiting Borders schools and libraries as part of this year’s Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.


Adrian: ‘This will be an interesting year’

The tight community of West Linton were introduced to their main man on Friday, as Adrian Jackson was named as the village’s Whipman Elect.

Alisdair Piercy will cast the Colonials' flag at the Selkirk Common Riding.

Alisdair’s set to represent the exiles of Selkirk

Flying the flag for Selkirk’s Colonial Society on this year’s common riding day is Alisdair Lindsay Piercy, who lives in Toronto, Canada.


Stuart set to fly the flag for merchants

Friday night saw the announcement of Selkirk’s first standard bearer for 2018 when Selkirk Merchant Company appointed Stuart Davidson to cast their new flag in this year’s Common Riding procession.


Jed’s doonies get the upper hand

In the timeless war between the uppies and the doonies of Jedburgh, it was the latter who chalked up another victory last Thursday.


Traditions kept up on Denholm green

Denholm’s annual ba’ games took place on a chilly Monday evening, with the snowstorm dubbed the Beast from the East knocking firmly on the door.

Billy Gillies watches on as the boys' ba' games take place, with a couple of the lads getting a little help from their friends.

Doonies on top at Jethart Ba’

We’re still waiting to hear from organisers on the final results from yesterday’s Jethart ba’, but it’s fair to say that the local tradition may have some new worldwide supporters.

Action from today's ba' game at Jedburgh.

Rough and tumble on offer at Jedburgh’s hand ba’ game

Jedburgh’s annual hand ba’ games are under way, and here’s a taste of the action so far, ahead of a fuller report tomorrow.

Inspection day at The Fluthers. Credit:  Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI.

Rediscovered silent film makes a rare appearance in Hawick

Members of the Borders public are being given a rare chance to see a film which is almost 100 years old and which was considered lost for over eight decades.

Borders author Claire McFall, alias Claire Bowles, seen here in her English classroom at Peebles High School.

Hollywood dream no Chinese whisper for Borders teacher

It’s Hollywood or bust for a Borders teacher now her debut novel has been snapped up for a big-screen adaption.

2017 Hawick Cornet Ali George flying the flag for tradition at last year's common riding.

End in sight for men-only events at Hawick Common Riding

This year’s Hawick Common Riding is set to be one of the most controversial and uncertain in its 315-year history.

Hawick Common Riding, Friday 5th June 2015. The Hut.

Women could be granted equal rights for Hawick’s common riding

Radical changes could be on the way at this year’s Hawick Common Riding, with women being granted equal rights to participate more fully than ever before in its 315-year history.

Charles Hanson checks out Anita Manning's paintings in Hawick.

Telly pair show you can get a bargain

Popular BBC show Antiques Road Trip featured the Borders heavily last week, with experts Anita Manning and Charles Hanson scooting around the region in a Triumph Stag in scenes filmed last August.

Thirlestane Castle at Lauder.

Lauder castle lands £40,000 grant to help fund rejig plans

A Borders tourist attraction toying with the idea of moving a couple of its collections is now well over halfway to raising the £70,000 that would cost.

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