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I SUPERTBUCK SCOTLAND Sun 12, noon-5pm. Knockhill Racing Circuit, by iiunfennline. £6 (£3). Big boys in big trucks at Scotland’s biggest outdoor festival of trucks with ‘stunts and action on and off the track for all the family’. Besides over 100 working trucks on display, the one and only Buss Swift will be performing with his dancing, parking Bover cars and Matt Coulter will be giving his quad bike and

This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt of Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our information. Days out compiled by Thom Dibdin.

I BORDERS VINTAGE AUTOMOBILE CLUB HISTORIC MOTORING EXTRAVAGANZA Sun 5. 11am—5pm. Mellerstaiii House. off the A6089 between Kelso and Gordon. (1896 86 287. £5. includes admission to Mellerstain House. children free. Hundreds of historic vehicles from all over Scotland. encompassing everything from Minis to MGs and Morgans are expected for this. the largest motoring event in the South of Scotland. Thirty one-make clubs will be in attendance and there will be plenty of autojumble and trade stands. Aerobatic displays. Punch and Judy and all the usual stalls and refreshments.

I HAWICK COMMON RIDING Thurs ‘)—Sat 11. Various venues around Hawick. See photo caption.

I RANGER-LED WALK: SEABIRD CITY Tue 7 and weekly until 26 July. 2-5pm. St Abbs Head. Nature Reserve Car Park. Northfield Farm. St Abbs. £2. Noted for its mention on the Shipping Forecast. St Abbs Head is one of Europe's biggest mainland seabird colonies. The sight of thousands of nesting birds on the precipitous cliffs is awe-inspiring. Take strong footwear and. if you have them. binoculars are strongly recommended. St Ahhs is open daily. entry is free and it makes an excellent stop if you‘re

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I SHEEP DOG TRIALS Sat 4. 8am—5pm.

Hay Lodge Park. Peebles. (Opposite the = cemetery at the West entrance to the town

on the A72). Free. Local. national and international sheep dogs and their owners go through their sheep-herding paces. Hot

3 and cold snacks and drinks with the vital

added attraction of a beer tent.



f 8am--6piii. The public are invited to visit

; and make use of many Borders forests.

both public and privately owned. during this week. Further details from local Tourist information Offices or from the Royal Scottish Forestry Society on ()387 720184.


noon -6pm. Harestanes Country Visitor Centre. Ancrum. near Jedhurgh. £1. lintry to these converted old farm buildings with their exhibitions. play area and various country walks is usually free but. on Sunday 5. there is a family day benefit for the Scottish Down‘s Syndrome Association. Added attractions include face painting. quoits. bouncy castle and other family-orientated attractions.


: I CUPAB FESTIVAL Wed l5—Sat 18.

Various venues around Cupar. Fife. Starting on Wednesday 15 at the Cupar Arms at 7.30pm with an evening of fiddling and poetry. this new festival should make any lover of outdoor sounds prick up their ears. The main event is not until Saturday 18. when the Haugh Park will swing to sounds from all over the globe while non-toe tappers can get their fill at the all-important beer tent or wander round the stalls. Headliners are

the Bhundu Boys from Zimbabwe at 8pm. while Dick Gaughan makes a rare appearance during the afternoon and Edinburgh’s Miraclehead will be putting their own particular antidote to blandness to the test at noon. The event runs

lOam— 10pm and tickets costing £6 in

advance are available from 0334 657288. I STIRLING AGRICIITURAL SHOW Sat 1 1. 10am-4pm. Strathallan Games Park. Bridge of Allan. £2 (£1). Your basic animals. harvesters and horses event. Terrier racing and falconry displays in the main arena with lots of kids entertainment as well as a full quotient of trade stands.


I DRUMMING WORKSHOP Fri lO—Sun l2. Bankhead Farm. South Queensferry. £55 for three days (non-residential). Phone 0963 210 367 for further details. A weekend of workshops led by Gordy Ryan. one time drummer with Gabrielle Roth. Santana and Al Schackman.

I GREENPEACE WALKS ON THE WILDSIDE Stiii 12. from noon. Silverknowes Esplanade. Edinburgh. Further details from Steve Burgess on ()31 661 6627. Fundraising for Greenpeace at its best. with their highly popular and well organised annual sponsored walk along the River Almond. ideal for taking a picnic and the family to make a day out of


I LEITH FESTIVAL PAGEANT AND GALA DAY Sat 11. 2—5pm. Leith Links. Edinburgh. Stalls. bands. shows. entertainment. dancing and all sorts of other events on Leith Links.

I MEADOWS FESTIVAL Sat 4. 9am—6pm/Sun 5 noon—6pm. The Meadows. Edinburgh. Free. As ever. over 150 new and second-hand stalls are the big attraction at the Meadows Festival with bands playing live on stage 1—6pm on both days (see Rock listings for full details). This year sees the added attraction of a mass kite flight on Saturday at 2pm. Bring your own kite or make one at the morning workshops. Also on the Saturday there will be a complementary medicine marquee and a Chinese arts tent with calligraphy. traditional medicine. massage. Tai-Chi and a photographic display. On Sunday the Edinburgh Samba School will be giving a workshop l—2.3()pm. followed by a performance 3—4pm.

I MINERS GALA Sat 1 l. lO.30am—5pm. The Meadows. Edinburgh. Free. The 47th Edinburgh Miners Gala starts with a march from Regent Road. assembling at 10.30am and moving off at l lam. The entertainments at The Meadows start at

11.45am. Guest attractions adding to the round of political speakers in the arts and entertainments tent include The Hurnpff Family and The Pearlfishers (see Rock listings for full details). The Brass and Pipe Band competitions start at 2pm‘. With a funfair. food and drink marquee. a kids fun and games arena. Soccer Sevens and New Image Rugby tournaments all afternoon. and a plethora of stalls. this should be an aftemoon to stay in town for. I OLD TOWN GALA WEEK Sat ll—Sat 18. Various venues around Edinburgh‘s Old Town. Free. The week kicks off on Saturday 11 at the City Chambers Quadrangle at l lam with pipe bands and entertainments from the Old Town Heritage Players. The concentration then moves over the road to Parliament Square l—5.3()pm where there will be a concert of classic and pipe bands. On Sunday 12. Holyrood Park is the venue for a 40s Big Band event with a picnic for a classic and vintage vehicles rally from 11.30am. At l.3()pm. the vehicles will move off to the High Street. which will be closed to normal traffic 2—5pm for an afternoon of street theatre. outdoor market and other entertainments. The week culminates in a big gala at South Gray‘s Close off the Royal Mile on Saturday 18. Throughout the week there will be various walking tours. exhibitions and presentations throughout the Old Town. A full programme is available from the Old Town in formation Centre at the Tron Kirk.

I PUFFIN CRUISES Sun 12 and Sun 25. lO.30am—l.30pm. Firth of Forth. £8 (£5). Booking essential from 0577 862355. Join the warden of the Vane Farm Nature Reserve on two trips around the Inner Forth on the M V Muir! oft/2e Forth.

I SUNTRAP GARDEN OPEN DAY Sat 4. 10am—5pm. Suntrap Horticultural Centre. 43 Gogarbank. Edinburgh. £1 (children free). See photo caption.

I SUPERTRUCK SCOTLAND Sun 12. 11am—5pm. Knockhill Racing Circuit. by

. Dunfermline. £6. See photo caption.

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I SUilTRAP canon om DAY Sat 4, mam-5pm. Suntrap Horticultural Centre, 43

Gogarbank. Edinburgh. Signposted from the A8 (Cogarburn Hospital). 21 (children free). 031 339 7283. Plenty of advice, plant sales, walks, careers information and exhibitions for the green fingered at this open day for the demonstration garden of Catridge College. The three-acre, south facing garden was laid out in 1957 by George Boyd Anderson to demonstrate a diversity of situations and aspects and includes many novel ideas about the use of solar energy and insulation which are incorporated in the garden‘s buildings. Suntrap is also open daily, wan—4.30pm,

entry £1.

TO The List 3 l6 June I994