Robbie kept reel busy

Principal guest  Alan Thomson and Standard Bearer elect Robbie Scott speaking in church
Principal guest Alan Thomson and Standard Bearer elect Robbie Scott speaking in church

Standard Bearer-elect Robbie Scott and Lass Rachel Lauder have had a busy time at the start of St Ronan’s Games Week.

Around 80 guests gathered for the senior citizens’ social last Thursday, the opening event of the festival, which included the first reel of the week for Robbie and his party.

The Ex-Standard Bearers’ dinner dance followed on Friday in the social club, when Paul Graham, chairman of St Ronan’s Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association, presented Robbie with his commemorative flashes.

Sport took over on Saturday afternoon, with the football fives at Victoria Park.

Campbell Forsyth’s West Linton Select came out on top, winning 6-3 against Gary Hastie’s Leithen Rovers in the men’s final, while Gala Vale overcame Sarah Glendinning’s Hammer’s Heroes 2-1 for the ladies’ trophy.

Organiser Steven Notman said: “I would like to thank Aaron Somerville and Paul Graham for all their help running the tournament, everyone who helped out refereeing a game or two, and Leithen Vale, Leithen Rovers AFC and Vale of Leithen FC for providing goals and facilities so that the fives could take place.”

This year’s Standard Bearer’s Ball on Saturday evening was attended by 350 people, with visiting principals from across the Borders and Midlothian joining in the celebrations.

On Sunday, the Kirkin’ was held following the parade of principals along the High Street to the parish church.

Later, Innerleithen Pipe Band and St Ronan’s Silver Band entertained the public, and Dux Boy Alex Paterson raised the community flag outside the Memorial Hall.

Thirty entries for the car treasure hunt on Monday evening ensured that there was good competition for the Cissy Barnett Trophy, and on the following day the children’s sports were staged in Victoria Park.

Last night (Wednesday), the annual quiz night was held in the social club.

The main events of Games Week – the Cleikum Ceremonies, St Ronan’s Border Games and Burning the De’il – will be held later this week.