» DAYS OUT
This section gives details at selected events taking place in and around the Central Deli oi Scotland this tortnlght. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number tor our lntormation. Days out compiled by Thom ledln.
I HEM“ OIIEEH FESTIVAL Eyemouth. Sat l7-Sun 25. Various locations around the town. What started out as a simple annual picnic for the town turned into a coronation of the Herring Queen. Chosen by ballot from the local school. the Queen in Waiting leaves the tiny port of St Abbs by boat at 12.30pm on Sun 17, arriving in Eyemouth at about 2.30pm, to be greeted by all the children of the town and led up to the dais at the picnic area on Guns Green where her coronation takes place. On the Monday there's a raft race in Eyemouth Bay at 3pm. On Wednesday a Sandcastle competition takes place on the beach (entries are invited from a variety of age-groups). On Thursday a pram race at 7.30pm is followed by a torch-lit procession at 9pm. A four-legged beer race in fancy dress will provide entertainment for participants on Friday at 7pm. Further details and full programme from F. Dougal on 08907 50536.
I SHEEP AND VIOIN. DAY at Traquair House. 0896 830323. Sun 25. 10.30am—5.30pm. Traquair House. 2 miles south of lnnerleithen on the B709. £3.50 (£1.50) includes entry to the house and grounds. Scotland‘s oldest inhabited house goes baa-me for the day with exhibitions and demonstrations of everything to do with sheep and the fleece off their backs. Gawp at the Sheepdog trials. wonder as skilled craftspeople work the 'from fleece tojumper' exhibition. spit at the llamas and covet the alpacas — from whose fleece cashmere is spun and who are worth a cool four to six thousand pounds each — before spending a bit less on a woolly jumper for yourself. Traquair is always worth a day out. with excellent tea rooms (four stars from our tea-room correspondent) selling Traquair’s heady ale. nice grounds to stroll through. a house to explore and a maze to lose the kids in. I ST RONAN’S BORDER GAMES \VEEN lnnerleithen. Sat l7—Sat 24. Various locations around the town. The games have been held for the last 166 years. in memory of St Ronan. the local monk who founded the spa waters at lnnerleithen. The two brightest boys from each class at the local primary school dress up as monks. with the dux as St Ronan. The most spectacular events for visitors begin on Friday 23. with ceremonies around St Ronan’s Well at 8.30pm followed by a
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IAILM ME AND HOW GLOW: Fri 23-Stll 25. Various times.
Dupordown Pmk and Discovery Point, Discovery Duay, Dundee. it you’re wandering through Dundee late on Saturday night in an alcoholic stupor and yonseeatlnotFostersXXXXoraglantliuperttheBearlightupthe sky in treat at you: Don’t Panic! It’s lust one at the torty or so balloons taking part in the Moon Glow (Fri/Sat, 10.30-11.30pm) ott Discovery Point in Dundee Harbour. Doing a special nulet burner that gives ott an incandescent yellow light, the balloons will be made to light up like candles in the sky! Over the weekend the hot air balloons will be tiring part in several challenges to commemorate the strip Discovery - now on view at its berth at Discovery Point - which was built in Dundee in 1901 and took Scott and Shackleton to the Antarctic. On Friday morning they will be commemorating the aerial lourney ot a Dundee Lord Provost over the city in 1893, and in the afternoon, the that parachute lump made over Dundee on 27 July at that year will be re-enacted. Four races and ﬂights will tie place on Saturday and Sunday (starting at Bart and 6.30pm each day) with the sponsored balloons being tethered in Camperdown Park
WHEELS 0F YESTEBYEAB: Sun 18, 11am-4pm. Dalmeny House, South
Dueensterry. £2 (children tree). A must tor all lovers oi vintage cars. Blower Bentleys, Austin Chummies and willing Wolseleys, they’ll all be there, brass sparkling just like on the telly. The Scottish Association oi Vehicle Enthusiasts even promise farm machinery, the engines, buses and the humble bicycle in the display. While the aiicionado will no doubt be more attracted by the autolumble sale at all the spares they’ll ever need, there will be entertainment irom “musicians at a jazz persuasion’ to serenade your ears, loads oi delicious cakes to tempt your palate and the opportunity to wander round the extensive grounds. The Tudor Gothic-ster house built in 1815 by William Wilkins will be open, with its collection at turniture, tapestries and porcelain trom the
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torchlight procession to lnnerleithen church for a Masonic Ceremony at 10.15pm. On Saturday 24. the day begins with a children‘s flower parade round the town at 11am. involving some 1000 children, all carrying bunches of ﬂowers. and pipe and silver bands. Following a race round the town at 1.30pm the athletics events begin at 2pm. Local bands beat the retreat on the High Street at 7pm. At 10pm, a procession leaves the Vale of Leithen Social Club for Caerlee Hill where at about 10.30pm an efﬁgy of the Deil. which will have been very much in evidence during the week’s events and parades. will be ceremonially immolated.
CENTRAL & TAYSIDE
I BALLOON CHALLENGE AND MOON GLOW Dundee. Fri 23—Sun 25. Various times. Camperdown Park and Discovery Point. Discovery Quay. Dundee. See photo caption.
I MEDIEVAL MARKET Stirling. Sat 24. 11am—4pm. Broad Street. Stirling. 50p. Swap your pounds and pence for pennies. groats and shillings as Broad Street is turned into a medieval market for the day. Medieval music, fortune tellers, market stalls with traditional local crafts. jugglers and blacksmiths demonstrations will provide the sounds, tastes and sights of shopping in a bygone age. Highland cattle. sheep. goats and ducks are also lining up to provide a few of those smells to trans on you back to the Middle Ages. I HIGHLAND GAMES Sat 24, 11am—6pm. North Greens Park, Airth. £2 (£1). All the usual Highland Games experiences: putting. throwing and tossing of manly objects, running. dancing and piping. Also cycle races. a fun fair, pony trot and plenty of side stalls.
DUMFRIES & OALLOWAY
I BORIS VISIT: ZINITH ANNIVERSARY Gatehouse of Fleet. Sat 24, 7.30pm—
midnight. Murray Arms Hotel. Gatehouse of Fleet. Address. concert. buffet and ceilidh. Tickets £12 from Mrs Irene Bryson on 0557 814 558. Two hundred years ago Burns was ensconced in the Murray Arms keeping an eye on the local smuggling population — and other local entertainments no doubt — when he wrote Scots Who Hae. Colonel MacKee will give a short address about the writing of the poem and its relation to the Battle of Bannockbum. The Gallovodian Fiddle Orchestra will be doing their stuff before the buffet supper and a few will be staying behind to give it 1aldy at the ensuing ceilidh.
LOTHIANS & FIFE
I BRITISH TOIIRING GAR SUPER RALLY at Knockhill. Sat 24/Sun 25. Knockhill Racing Circuit, by Dunfermline (off the A823). Fife. 0383 723337. £5 (Sat). £10 (Sun). 9.30am—6pm. Soper. Harvey, Hoy. Cleland, Gravett. Leslie er 01 will be at Knockhill for these televised races, which promise to provide the biggest motorsport weekend in Scotland. Practice laps start on Friday, from 2—6pm, and continue on Saturday at 930—] 1.30am. First race is at 11.45am. Thrill as the Formula Ford, Vauxhall Junior, Vauxhall Lotus. Formula Renault, Clios and Fiestas burn up Knockhill's 2km circuit, and if that makes you want to have a go yourself, well, you jolly well can, because:
DRIVE WITH THE STAB Mon 26, all day. Knockhill as above. £175. (Guests/ spectators: £10; Additional drivers: £50) Club 89 have organised this Track Day
52 The List 16—29 July 1993