Young Burnsians excel at Hawick

Hawick burns club awards '(red top)  Jemima Bevan  (10) Duns primary school (junior burnsian) and Maddy Cawthorn (14)  (senior burnsian) Berwickshire high school
Hawick burns club awards '(red top) Jemima Bevan (10) Duns primary school (junior burnsian) and Maddy Cawthorn (14) (senior burnsian) Berwickshire high school

Young Burnsians excelled at the Borders Schools Burns Festivals held in Hawick Burns Club in front of a mesmerised and hugely appreciative audience.

Representing Berwickshire were pupils from Coldingham, Eyemouth, Duns and Chirnside Primary Schools and also students from Berwickshire High School.

The ‘winner’ and first ‘runner–up’ in each section from each of P4/P5, P6/P7, S1/S2, S3/S4 and S5/S6 age groups in recitation, singing and instrumental, automatically qualify for the Robert Burns World Federation Schools Festivals, which are effectively the World Burns Finals, and the culmination of a journey in which 160,000 young folk start out annually across all of Scotland.

The Finals this year are being held in Hutchesons Grammar School in Glasgow on Saturday, April 18, for Secondary school pupils and Saturday, May 30, for Primary pupils.

The judges found it very difficult to separate the contestants such was the standard in every discipline on show.

However, someone must be crowned as Junior Borders Burnsian 2015 and Senior Borders Burnsian 2015 and collect the Sandy Hogg Trophy and The Graham Galbraith Salver respectively.

And Berwickshire was to provide the top performers in both the Secondary and Primary sections of the competition.

A delighted Jemima Bevan of Duns Primary School was declared the top Primary School performer on the day having won both the Recitation and Instrumental heats in her P6/P7 category.

Then, Madeline Cawthorn of Berwickshire High School was named as the best performer on the day in the Secondary Schools competition having also won two of her heats with, not only technically gifted but inspiring, performances in both Singing and Instrumental categories.

Isa Hanley, schools convener of the Robert Burns World Federation, along with Stuart Marshall, Honorary Provost of Hawick, were on hand to award the trophies to the respective prizewinners.

Other Berwickshire prizewinners included Tammie Louise Hunter from Chirnside who was first runner-up in the P6/P7 Recitations and Abigail Abbott of Duns Primary who was second runner-up in the P6/P7 Singing.