We are nearly ready for this year's event - the programme is off to the printer and the timetables are nearly finalised.
Please click HERE to download this year's Programme.
The court cases are The Graveyard Grievance, and - new for this year - The Seamy Work o' the Weaver. Performances at 11.30, 12.30, 2.15 and 3.15
We have a new torchlight procession this year - leaving from the High Street at 6.15, going right round the town, finishing back in the Market Place in time for the fireworks which begin at 6.45
Street entertainment includes stiltwalkers and jugglers, Borders Youth Theatre urchins, our new town crier, Elliot Fraser, the Border Clansmen, the North Wind Street Organ, horse and carriage rides and many wonderful musicians
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Sandra McNeil, Learning Officer with the Abbotsford Trust - giving an informal talk in Selkirk Library at 2pm - on Sir Walter Scott, his links with Selkirk, and the exciting redevelopment project currently taking place at Abbotsford.
In the County Hotel there is an audience with the Border Clansmen at 1.30 and 3.30pm on some of Scott's characters - from Rob Roy, Ivanhoe, Old Mortality, and the Pirate
Selkirk Country Dancers will be in Connections at 1pm, and there will be Childrens' Activities in Halliwells House Museum throughout the day
Scott’s Selkirk 2012
The Scott's Selkirk committee is delighted to announce its plans for this year's event.
The event will again be held on the first weekend in December - to move it to another time of the year would mean that it would lose the so much of the magic created when the town prepares itself for the festive season - the lights, window decorations and Christmas market play such a large part in creating the atmosphere we are trying to preserve.
In recent years it has be increasingly difficult to sustain the momentum over a whole weekend - the weather can be against us, and in the current economic climate visitors tend only to come to the town one day rather than two. The Saturday is usually very busy, but the crowds on the Sunday have been building later and later in the day - and in many cases people only arrive shortly before the fireworks are due to begin.
Understandably our shopkeepers are reluctant to open on the Sunday, as it may be well into the afternoon before any shoppers appear.
We have therefore taken the fairly momentous - but we think very exciting - decision to hold the main part of the event on the Saturday only - this will be a considerably longer day than normal, with music and entertainment going on well into the evening, culminating with the fireworks display much later than usual.
Most of the entertainment, normally spread over two days, will be all on the Saturday - and the aim is to provide a wonderful fun-filled family day out that will re-vitalise the event - first staged as a millennium project, which has become a very important part of the Selkirk calendar. There will be Christmas stalls in the County Pend and Market Place, lots of street entertainment, and of course Meg Dods’ kitchen, plus performances in the County Hotel, and Connections. The Saturday night will be re-scheduled - final date to be announced later.
We do hope you will be able to support us in our efforts - shopkeepers, please stay open that little bit later and help us create a great atmosphere after dark, with twinkling lights and bustling streets.
There will be of course some events on the Sunday - the church services, court cases, and communal carol singing in the Market Place after dark.
Everyone can help - please either donate or sponsor us if you can, or volunteer to assist the committee on the day itself - the important thing though is to join in, or perform, - in costume if you can!