Greenlaw enjoyed yet another fantastic festival at the weekend which was well attended, showcasing a wonderful community spirit.
The Festival weekend was preceeded by two weeks of activities in the Greenlaw Doodecacathalon where teams competed to win the Wilma Moscrop Memorial trophy by taking part in events run by local clubs and groups, from football to fancy dress, tennis to skipping, golf, bowling and distance running. This year also saw new challenges including a cake competition, basketball, an art competition, making something out of recycled materials, a talent show and the village scarecrows, which had so many entrants from people not in the challenge that next year it is going to be open to everyone in the village.
Festival committee member Fiona Drewery said: “We are extremely grateful to all the village clubs and groups for running these events, thanks to them the doodecacathalon was every bit as fun this year as last year - if not more.
“It has really brought people together in a fun and exciting way.”
The Festival weekend itself started on Friday night with a very energetic alternative Celidh from local band Yoo Hoo, followed by local boy Ethan Mann who provided a dance, which proved popular with the teenagers.
Saturday saw the crowning of the Greenlaw Maid 2011, Hannah Hay, who was given a surprise guard of honour by the Duns Army Cadets. The festival was opened by Joy Dobie D.L. and Douglas Tweedie D.L., after which the festival parade, lead by the Duns Pipe Band, proceeded through the village to much cheering.
Children enjoyed a funfair on Saturday afternoon and there was a wonderful Scottish Country Dancing exhibition with the audience encouraged to take part. Local young photographer Cameron Matthews organised a slide show of the photographs he had taken during the recent royal visit from Prince Charles and the Greenlaw Town Hall was open with local produce stalls and a craft fair inside.
Saturday night was one of the highlights of the weekend with the Greenlaw’s Got Talent competition proving that Greenlaw does indeed have talent! Among the acts were a drag tribute to Queens ‘I want to break free’, two families of singers, comedians and break-dancing from Jack Baxter who has only been out of hospital for a few weeks! But the unanimous overall winners were ‘The Mighty Muirs’ with their Dance through the decades comedy dance routine which stole the show.
Sunday saw kids and adults Zumba-ing, an impressive Dog Show run by the Greenlaw and Hume Community Council, and children’s sports followed by the prize giving ceremony. All the Doodecacathalon entrants were presented with t-shirts, generously donated by Border Embroideries, and the coveted Wilma Moscrop Memorial Trophy was awarded to the Avenue All Stars team, which was Ailsa Chlmers, Euan Chalmers, Rosie Turner, Gerry McCann and Willie Chalmers.
Everyone then headed off to the river Blackadder to watch the duck race, organised by Greenlaw First responders.
Festival Committee secretary Helen Johnson said the positive feedback the Committee had received was extremely encouraging. She added: “It takes a lot of organising and hard work but we were really happy that the weekend ran smoothly with no major hiccups.
“We can now start planning for next year and hopefully we will be able to repeat the fantastic Festival we have had this year.”
Helen added that feedback forms will be available in the village shops from today (Thursday) so that the committee can create a festival which provides something for everyone.
If anyone has comments or would like to help in anyway pleas pick up a feedback form or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a facebook profile page “Greenlaw Festival”.