Horncliffe teen brings Burns trophy south of the border
Horncliffe's Maddie Cawthorn has taken a prestigious Burns prize south of the border.
The 15-year-old Berwickshire High School pupil was chosen as the best senior Burnsian in the regional section of a schools competition.
She won the Graham Galbraith Salver, while Jemima Bevan of Duns Primary School was declared the top primary school performer (junior Burnsian) and won the Sandy Hogg Trophy.
In 2015, Maddie was named as the best performer on the day in the secondary schools competition having also won two of her heats with, not only technically gifted, but inspiring performances in both singing and instrumental categories.
Last year, Maddie also won the Rising Star Award in the Youth Awards for her performance as Dorothy in Berwick Operatic Society’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
More than 50 competitors attended the annual Borders Association of Burns Clubs, Junior (P4-7) and Senior (S1-6) Schools Burns Competition in Hawick Burns Club in front of a mesmerised and hugely appreciative audience.
Although numbers were lower than usual, the standard was extremely high, giving the judges quite a headache in choosing class winners in recitation, singing and instrumental.
All class winners and runners-up are automatically entered into the national competitions later in the year at Edinburgh.
The Robert Burns World Federation Schools Festivals, which are effectively the World Burns Finals, are the culmination of a journey in which 160,000 young folk start out annually across the whole of Scotland.