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Thousands turn out for "Big Show" in Hawick

School children line the streets Credit: ITV News Border

Thousands of children are lining the streets of Hawick in support of the "Vision 2013 Year of Industry Big Show".

The show is now in its third year and young people have chosen "Industry and Enterprise" as the theme for this year.

Schools across Hawick have been working on the programme for a year, which includes street entertainers and a variety of stalls.

The highlight of the show is a catwalk on the High Street, with children from every primary school in Hawick Learning Community showing off costumes related to industries.

The catwalk will be held at 11.15am and again at 1.15pm.

Wilton Primary school pupils waiting to watch the big show Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbrian school children given taste of adult life

Hundreds of primary school children in west Cumbria have been given a taste of life after school at a careers day.

It is designed to motivate them, as they make the transition to secondary school, and help them discover why you need an education to help you earn a living.

"It gives them a better understanding of what we all do, and not just Cumbria Constabulary but all of the people who are here today.

"What these people can offer them and what education they do need to progress in life. There are two ways a young child can go.

"They can go down the side of anti-social behaviour or they can go down the good side and think 'how can I improve myself as a young person', and that's what I think this does today."

– PC Keith Hunton, Cumbria Police

All of the pupils were in year 6 and about to start secondary school in September.

"Sometimes there is a bit of a dip when young children leave junior school and adjust to a new sort of curriculum and a new way of learning.

"It is really to reinforce that when they move onto secondary school it is really important that they keep up the hard work they've done and build on that."

– Bertha Priestly, Organiser