River’s influence on Hawick town to be celebrated in story and song

Blue and yellow bandstand in park land

Published: Wednesday, 30th August 2017

One of four ‘signature’ events taking place as part of September’s Scottish Borders Heritage Festival, ‘Where Teviot Rins’ will see a special performance in Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park.

This locally crafted production, supported by EventScotland and Creative Scotland, will celebrate the rich life and history of the River Teviot, which runs through the park, in story and song.

Thanks to local historians, river users and musicians, the performance will be a narrated exploration of the history of the river. The story tells its unique story and highlights its links to the geography of the area, its people and how the river itself helped to develop the town and surrounding area over the years, from agriculture to industry.

Ian Landles narrates

Well known local historian and former teacher, Ian Landles will be the narrator for the outdoor performance at 2pm on Sunday 10 September.

Ian Landles

“I am happy to have assembled for this exciting project some of Teviotdale's finest entertainers, ranging in age from Hawick’s exciting Youth Theatre group ACT 1 to the evergreen and ever popular Henry Douglas. They will tell the story of the river from its source to the ‘old mill town’ and on the industrial development of which the river had such an impact.”

Gordon Webber, Wilton Lodge Park Events Manager

“We’re delighted to have this production come into the park. It’s been a wonderful summer of programming in the bandstand and walled garden and this is a fitting end to the season’s programme.”

The Scottish Borders Heritage Festival, which runs throughout September and includes over 200 events, is being delivered by Live Borders in partnership with oursleves and the Borders Heritage Forum.

See the full programme of events

Festival funding

Funding for the festival has been provided by:

  • Creative Scotland
  • Museums and Galleries Scotland
  • EventScotland – as part of the Year of History
  • Heritage and Archaeology
  • the Fallago Environment Fund

Book your tickets

Tickets for the ‘Where Teviot Rins’ are £12 and can be bought from the Hawick VisitScotland ticket office at the Heart of Hawick or by calling 01450 360688.