Te­viot Val­ley Scot­tish Week

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The Te­viot Val­ley, which is steeped in Scot­tish his­tory, will cel­e­brate its Scot­tish Her­itage and An­ces­try with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties to showcase the districts ori­gins over a nine day ex­trav­a­ganza from the 10-18 Septem­ber. The Te­viot Val­ley has al­ways had a proud con­nec­tion with its Scot­tish her­itage. While there are per­ma­nent links back to the dis­tant ‘home­land’ of Scot­land ev­i­dent in the Val­ley, through town and street names, this event will bring to­gether the three com­mu­ni­ties of Roxburgh, Et­trick and Millers Flat to cel­e­brate all things Scot­tish, with a va­ri­ety of events planned that are aimed at cater­ing for all ages and in­ter­ests across the Com­mu­nity. Spokesper­son Trudie Marsh said that this year’s cel­e­bra­tions are built on last year’s in­au­gu­ral fes­tiv­i­ties, but have also been timed to co­in­cide with the Rugby World Cup, and the many Scot­tish fans ex­pected to be trav­el­ling in the south in sup­port of the Scot­land Rugby team. ‘‘Our aim was to cater for the whole Com­mu­nity and to have an event which had some­thing for ev­ery­one and which was ‘age in­clu­sive’, from those un­der 5 right through to fam­i­lies and those who are re­tired,’’ Mrs Marsh said. ‘‘We have planned a very di­verse pro­gramme en­com­pass­ing sport, so­cial and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties which we are sure will bring those with Scot­tish roots to the fore, and en­cour­age oth­ers to em­brace the Scot­tish flavour of the cel­e­bra­tions also,’’ she said. From busk­ing and a hag­gis cer­e­mony, through to a ‘Meet­ing of the Clans’ Din­ner, so­cial golf at the ‘St An­drews’ Roxburgh Golf Course, a tra­di­tional Scot­tish Ceilidh, High­land Games and a Whisky tast­ing night, there is a dearth of ac­tiv­i­ties planned to cel­e­brate all that is Scot­tish about the district. ‘‘The Com­mu­nity has re­ally come on board with this,’’ Mrs Marsh said, ‘‘and the Scot­tish themed din­ner has sold out al­ready.’’ ‘‘The busi­ness com­mu­nity will again dress staff and shop win­dows in theme to com­pete for the ‘‘This­tle Tro­phies’’, and they will do a fabulous job of dec­o­rat­ing Scot­land St and cre­at­ing a spe­cial fes­tive at­mos­phere!’’ ‘‘Bag­pipes will be played daily in Scot­land St at 1pm, the lo­cal mu­seum will be open both week­ends from 1pm and at other times by re­quest, a life size rugby scrum photo board will fea­ture out­side the Grand Tav­ern with a Roxburgh, All Black and Scot­tish rugby player in the front row!’’ ‘‘And what will be quite unique for our Com­mu­nity and cre­ate quite a vis­ual im­pact will be the tar­tan sleeves strung on sev­eral poles along Scot­land St.’’ Mrs Marsh said that the many ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the district, from pre-school to high school have been en­cour­aged to in­clude Scot­tish themed ac­tiv­i­ties in their teach­ing pro­grammes over this time, and this idea has been em­braced hugely! ‘‘The for­mer Four Square build­ing will be open Mon­day-Fri­day 2.30pm4.30pm as the base for an Art ex­hi­bi­tion and com­pe­ti­tions rang­ing from colour­ing in to de­sign­ing a tar­tan, cre­at­ing a lochness mon­ster sculp­ture or Scot­tish themed ar­range­ment , dec­o­rat­ing a Welly or de­sign­ing a Te­viot Val­ley crest.’’ ‘‘And the Roxburgh Area School is host­ing the BP Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge on the Wed­nes­day, with all chal­lenges re­volv­ing around a Scot­tish theme.’’ ‘‘What is a real coup for the town is the show­ing of the movie a new re­lease shown for the first time in New Zealand at the Roxburgh En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.’’ Mrs Marsh said the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chaired by Rod Pierce, has put many hours into plan­ning this event. ‘‘We look for­ward to wel­com­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors to join in our fes­tiv­i­ties.’’ ‘‘The sup­port for last year’s event has given us the con­fi­dence to be­lieve that peo­ple in Roxburgh and the Te­viot Val­ley will en­joy cel­e­brat­ing their Scot­tish her­itage in true Scot­tish style once again!’’

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