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30th Hawick Summer Festival starts

A programme of guided walks, live music and parties gets underway in Hawick today for the Hawick Summer Festival.

Organisers say there is "something for everyone" over the next nine days at the 30th consecutive festival in the town.

Among the events taking place is the crowning of a Flower Princess, a hike to Fatlips Castle and a gig with local bands Scocha and The Joe Mangels Band.

"Each year we continue to strive to keep the programme fresh and entertaining for everyone. There are a host of new activities on offer including special events in Wilton Lodge Park, a Ladies Pamper night and a Comedy Evening."

– Gerry Monaghan, Chairman

Our reporter Jenny Longden is in the Borders to find out what's happening..

The week long event starts tonight, Friday 15 August, at 7pm.

Europe and Hawick share a passion for dancing

Folk dancing as you've never seen it before has been taking place in the Borders this week. A dance group from Hawick have been hosting children from Belgium and Lithuania to take part in a Youth International Dance Festival.

It gives the children a chance to share traditional dancing techniques, and form lifelong friendships. Jenny Longden reports.

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Hawick stages Youth International Dance Festival

Hawick Youth international Dance Festival Credit: ITV Border

Hawick has welcomed 60 young folk dancers from Lithuania and Belgium. Aged between nine and 18, the visitors are staying with host families and have been performing around the Hawick area.

Dancers from Lithuania Credit: ITV Border
Hawick dancers Credit: ITV Border

Teries in Tartan, who put together the program, aims to create international friendships and build on current friendships following a recent visit to Lithuania.

Dancers from Belgium Credit: ITV Border

18-year-old dies after falling into silo

Police are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive

An 18-year-old man has died after falling into a silo near Hawick.

Police were called to a farm near Denholm at 9:00am this morning, Friday 1 August.

"Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland

Horse left injured after it's attacked in Hawick

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after a horse was attacked in Hawick.

The incident happened sometime between Monday, 28 and Tuesday, 29 July in a field near the Troweknowes Farm.

The animal suffered two large cuts to its legs, which have required veterinary treatment.

"These injuries were not sustained accidentally and this incident is being treated as a deliberate act of cruelty.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Troweknowes farm area of Hawick between Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.

"Given the fairly remote location of the field, those responsible most likely travelled by vehicle and we would also urge anyone with information that can help us progress this line of enquiry to get in touch."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Officers are asking any one with information about the incident to contact them on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Filmmaker celebrated in Hawick

A pioneering filmmaker and animator is being celebrated in Hawick today, as part of centenary celebrations for Norman McLaren

The renowned filmmaker has influenced artists, filmmakers and musicians, from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater.

A workshop will be held in the Heart of Hawick from 1pm to learn about Norman's filmmaking techniques.

A special screening of classic short films from his impressive catalogue will run from 2.30-3.50pm.

The Ryder Cup comes to Hawick

The Ryder Cup trophy made an appearance in the Scottish Borders today.

The trophy, one of the most famous in sport, is visiting a number of golf clubs in Scotland ahead of the Ryder Cup competition at Gleneagles in September.

The trophy arrived this afternoon - coinciding with a week of coaching for the young players of the future. Tim Backshall reports

Children in Hawick meet the Ryder Cup

These children had a chance to get up close and personal with the famous cup Credit: ITV News Border

Ryder Cup Trophy is in Hawick today.

Children who've been having golf lessons at the Hawick Gold Club got the chance to see it.

The club is the only one in the Borders to get a visit from the trophy.

The Ryder Cup competition will be played in Gleneagles, Perthshire in September.

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