Planning for the 2017 Festival is now well underway with several changes being planned with the first of these being on Declaration Night.
The Declaration announcement will be made from the Town Hall and not the Hustings of the County Buildings due to the ongoing works. Abbey Place will be closed to traffic during this time.
The Declaration will take place at 7.30pm as normal.
The Jedforest Instrumental Bank and the Royal British Legion Pipe Band will be part of this important ceremony as usual but the plan is for them to entertain the crowd whilst the Callant and his Henchmen are travelling round the town after the Declaration.
The Town Hall balcony will be open to members of the public who would like to witness the Reception which takes place at 8.15pm in the Hall.
During the proceedings, the new Callant will be presented with his Lanton horseshoe and Balmoral, speakers include – The Provost, 2017 Callant, Ex-Callant Peter Johnston, Convenor Len Wyse, President of the Ex-Callants Association Mike McGovern, 2017 Callant’s father. Attendance at the Reception itself is restricted to invited guests, patrons of the Festival, Ex-Callants and Heralds, and visiting principals.
The Patron’s list is still open for applications. A minimum donation of £10.00 per person is requested which entitles individuals to apply for complementary tickets to both the Tuesday afternoon social and the Investiture Social. Patrons can also apply to purchase tickets for the Callant’s Luncheon on Festival Day. Anyone interested in becoming a patron should contact Lana Spence on 07966 864247 for an application form or download it from the Patrons page.
Other changes that are being planned include a disco on Southdean night in the Town Hall with music provided by the very popular Dark Horse.
The venue for both the Callant’s Luncheon and Callant’s Ball on Festival Day has been changed to the School Games Hall. The hall lends itself very well to these types of functions and will ensure a welcoming atmosphere irrespective of weather conditions.
Numbers for the Ball will be restricted to 250 so those interested are encouraged to apply early. Double tickets [ admitting 2 people] are now on sale at a cost of £90.00. Contact Lindsay Wilson for details – 07818 654205 or [email protected]
The Redeswire Speaker this year is well known local [ now retired] veterinary surgeon Nigel Brown, who describes himself as “an apprentice Borderer of 41 years” and is extremely honoured to have been invited to give the address at the Redeswire Stane.