Riverside rocks as crowds descend on Jedburgh event

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The one-day festival was organised by a dedicated committee of just five members who set the ball rolling after a meeting at Jedburgh Rugby Club last year.

As the months went on, the wheels were firmly set in motion and a line-up of bands, both popular at local level and on an international scale, was assembled.

Ticket sales were healthy and the event really seemed to capture the imagination of people in Jedburgh, the Borders and further afield, with tickets being bought in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool and even as far south as London and Cornwall.

And anyone who did get a ticket was treated to an evening of top-class entertainment.

At the centre of the park was a huge big top which hosted performances from a wide range of bands, including Berwick’s Joe Mangels, local lads Scocha and headliners Big Country.

And away from the music there were other things to keep families occupied, with a number of stalls, funfair rides and a climbing wall among the other attractions.

One of the committee, Allan Fraser, said he was over the moon with how Riverside Rock went, so much so that a date was already in the diary for its return in 2015 – mark Saturday, June 20, in your diaries.

“It was a fantastic day all round,” he told ‘WOW’.

“The weather was spot-on and there wasn’t one single hitch. The atmosphere was amazing – I got talking to a lady who has lived in Jedburgh for 40 years and she said she’d never had so much fun at an event in the town.

“My 83-year-old mother stayed all day and she had a ball.”

All of the bands on the bill for Riverside Rock have said they want to come back next year, and Allan said he was overwhelmed by their feedback.

“They were all absolutely buzzing when they came off stage.

“Me and the other guys looked out at the crowd at one point and thought, ‘did we really do this?’.”