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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 lnfonnation. Days out compiled by Thom llibdln.


I DELTANE FESTIVAL: PEEDLES Sun l9-Sat 25. Various venues around Peebles. This long established festival week incorporates the riding of the marches ceremonies with the town’s Beltane Fayre which was granted a Royal Charter in 1621. The riding of the marches is on Tue 21 from 6pm. when the Comet is installed on Peebles High Street. followed by the fording of the Tweed at

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Hay Lodge Park. Fortherham Bridge at 8.30pm. Bands will play in the park before the fording. Fri 24 sees a fancy dress parade which sets off from Tweed Green at 7pm to go around the town. On Sat 25 the Beltane Fayre takes place with the crowning of the Beltane Queen at 10am. followed by the Grand Procession of some twenty floats and a dozen pipe bands around the town. There is a Highland Dancing competition at Hay Lodge Park from 1pm and a traditional fun fair at Victoria Park (2—1 1pm).

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Jedforest Deer and Farm Park. Mervinslaw, Captown. Jedburgh. 5pm. All ages are welcome to try their eyes at this new event at the Deer Park in which you have to count a flock of sheep as they are herded from one pen to another. During each knockout heat the flock goes faster and faster until a final winner is found. Besides a host of sheep related demonstrations including Sheepdog handling and speed sheep shearing and exhibitions of Pringle jumpers and decorated shepherds' crooks. the day includes falconry displays. ally casting competition and all—terrain vehicle demonstrations. Jedforest is open daily. 10am—5.30pm with nature trails. a large collection of conservation breeds. an adventure playground and the all- important coffee sho .

I PEEBLES HIGHLAND GAMES Sat 25. 2—5.30pm. Hay Lodge Park. Peebles. See photo caption.

I SELNIRN COMMON RIDING Fri 17. 4am—midnight. Various venues around Selkirk. The morning is taken up with the parading of the Burgh Flag and Standard around the town. From 2—5pm there are horse races at Gala Rig (£2.50/50p) with a Flapping meeting and local amateur races. I SELKIRN HIGIlAND GAMES Sat 18. Selkirk. See photo caption.

I WALKERBIIRN HIGHLAND GAMES Wed 29. 7pm. Caberston Haugh. Walkerburn. Peeblesshire. See photo caption.


I CORONATION PAGEANT Sun 26. 10am—5pm. Scone Palace. Perth. 0738 552300. £4.20 (£2.30). Celebration of the crowning ofJames IV on the palace‘s Moot Hill over 500 years ago. Re— enacting the coronation. at 11am and again at 2.30pm. the royal procession will thread its way from the King‘s Dressing Chamber. through the palace and onto the hill where the young James will be crowned upon a replica of the Stone of Destiny. Amidst the colourful pageantry of the coronation. there will be musicians. singers, dancers. jugglers. archers. Punch and Judy shows and face painters.

I DUNDEE FOLK FESTIVAL Wed 22—‘Sat 25. Dundee Repertory Theatre. Dundee. Information on 0382 75031. For four days

the theatre is tumed over to the folk crowd. with workshops. performances and sessions.


I LIVINGSTON FESTIVAL Sun 26. noon—5pm. Howden Park. Livingston. Free. There is lots to do at this annual festival. with a Japanese exhibition in Howden House. go-rcttrt races. skateboard demonstrations. stalls. food concessions and various bands in the park.

I A MIDSUMMER HIGHT’S DREAM Thurs 23—Sat 25. 7.30—10pm. The Rose Garden Ampitbeatre. Rose Garden. The Cross. Linlithgow. £3.50 (£2). Booking essential on 0506 844600. An outdoor midsummer performance of Shakespeare's comedy by local organisations.

I NEVIDURGH HIGHLAND GAMES Sat 18. 1.30pm. Mugdrum House Games Park. Newburgh. Fife. See photo caption.

I ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW Thurs 23—Sun 26. Thurs 8am 6pm. Fri/Sat 8am—7pm. Sun 8atn--5pm. Royal Highland Centre. Ingliston. Edinburgh. Tickets: Thurs/Fri £11 (£0) before 4pm. £6 (£3) after; Sat £9 (£4.50) before 4pm. £5 (£2.50) after; Sun £8 (£4). See photo caption.


10.30am—4.30pm. Glasgow Hoyal Concert

Hall, 2 Sauchlehall Street, Glasgow. £2.50 (accompanied children £1). Specialist show for those whose hobby is making dolis’ houses and the tiny furnishings to put in them. Such hobblests are not content to provide substitute materials for thelr models but stick to the authentic materials, so you will see real clay for miniature chlnaware, brass and copper for pans and hardwoods for furniture. Some dolls’ houses are even made from twelfth-scale bricks and tiles, although plywood is the more usual material. Besides displays of dolls’ houses and miniature crafts, over 100 exhibitors are expected, selling everything from the raw materials for nlY mlnlaturlsts to ornate, completed houses for the serious collector.

OD The List 17—30 June 1994