Excitement mounts for start of Innerleithen Games Week

SB elect Robby Scott with all his supporters for 2014
SB elect Robby Scott with all his supporters for 2014

The Games committee is once again appealing to car owners to keep parade routes clear this week.

Parked cars partially-blocking parade routes make it dangerous for everyone taking part in the parades, including the children. The committee is appealing to owners of vehicles to move their cars to a safe place until the parade has passed.


Sunday, July 13: 10.30am-12.30pm Hall Street, High Street, Leithen Road; 3-4pm Hall Street, High Street.

Thursday, July 17: 7-8.45pm Hall Street, High Street, Pirn Road, Horsbrugh Street, Chambers Street, Buccleuch Street.

Friday, July 18: 6.30pm- midnight Hall Street, High Street, Bellendene, Wells Brae, Leithen Road, Kirklands, Pirn Road, Buccleuch Street, Montgomery Street.

Saturday, July 19: 10.30am-2pm Hall Street, Traquair Road, Miller Street, Waverley Road, Amside, Strand, Leithen Road, High Street, Hall Street; 6.30-8pm Hall Street, High Street; 10-11.30pm High Street, Hall Street, St Ronan’s Terrace, Peebles Road, Buccleuch Street, Montgomery Street.

All Ex-Standard Bearers are requested to meet at Hall Street at 10.45am to march to the Games Kirkin’ Service in Innerleithen Church. This will be followed by lunch at 856 Social Club.


Local entries for the American Cup (800 metres handicap Under-17) and the New Zealand trophy (200 metres handicap) must be handed into the sports secretary Sarah Lindsay (tel. 01869 833590) no later than Saturday. No entries will be accepted on the field on Games Saturday (July 19). Both races are for youths 9-U17 on Games Day and are confined to Innerleithen, Walkerburn and Traquair.

Games raffle tickets are now available from various shops around the town or from any committee member. The draw is this Saturday.

Anyone who would like to buy bunting should contact the treasurer Norman Scott on (01896) 830621. Strings of flags cost £15 each, are of good quality and can be re-used year after year. Games ties are also available at £5 each.

Volunteers are required to carry blankets for the collections during the fancy dress parade on Thursday, July 17, and the flower parade on Saturday, July 19. Those willing to help should contact Norman Scott on (01896) 830621.

Anyone who wishes to have their house judged for the fancy dress parade must give their name to Stewart Wilson (01896 870316) no later than 8pm on Wednesday, July 16. Shops and businesses will also be judged and the committee would encourage all local businesses to get involved.

The Senior Citizens’ Social Evening will be held in the Memorial Hall tonight. Tickets are available at the Post Office free of charge. Music is by the Bogie’s Close Stompers and a light supper will be served, followed by dancing. A bar is provided.

Parents of youngsters, over the age of 12, who are willing to act as torchbearers on Games Friday and Saturday should give names to Stewart Wilson (Tel. 01896 870316). Parents should accompany their children.

The Games Committee would greatly appreciate assistance with the stewarding and collecting at the fancy dress parade (July 17, Hall Street, 7pm) and the flower parade (July 19, Hall Street, 10.30am).

Members and partners are invited to attend the Association Reception on July 17 at St. Ronan’s Wells following the fancy dress parade.

Friday, July 18 – CLEIKUM


The Cleikum Ceremonies will begin in the Memorial Hall at 7pm on July 18 – doors open at 6.15pm and close at 6.55pm and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is followed immediately by the service for the Fallen at the War Memorial, then the ceremony at St Ronan’s Wells at 8.30pm. The final part of the Cleikum is the Runic Cross Ceremony in the Parish Churchyard. The procession to the church leaves Hall Street at 10.15pm. Following this, the procession will move to the home of the Dux Girl in Kirklands and the Dux Boy in Montgomery Square.


The oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland gets under way in Victoria Park at 2pm. There are various track events and two hill races to enjoy, as well as ice cream, hot snacks, a beer tent and a children’s entertainer.



Innerleithen Pipe Band and St Ronan’s Silver Band will Beat the Retreat on the High Street at 7pm.


A torchlight procession will leave from outside the Vale Club at the top of The Batty at 10pm for Curly Hill where there will be a bonfire and fireworks display. The Patron Saint will set alight the bonfire, burning the effigy of the De’il and ridding the town of evil for another year. Following this, the procession will move to the home of the Dux Boy in Montgomery Square.

Fireworks Regulations (Scotland) 2004: Dispensation has been granted by Scottish Borders Council for the firework display to take place after 11pm on Caerlee Hill, Innerleithen, on Saturday as part of the St Ronan’s Border Games Week celebrations.