Tweed 1000 events continue

The Tweed 1000 team was busy last month arranging events celebrating 1,000 years of Berwick's history as a border town and is looking forward to an exciting programme in August.

Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 12:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 13:07 pm
Defending the Borders Exhibition, as part of Tweed 1000.

The last of four Maltings drop-in sessions took place on July 6, when members of the public again had the opportunity to learn about the techniques being used to construct the Berwick Tapestry and put a stitch in it.

The day after, a History and Heritage coach tour of the borders left Berwick to join the commemorative battle re-enactment event at Carham, taking in Norham Castle and Flodden Field.

The Tapestry construction team, led by Anne Wadey and Jo Hardy, were again busy during the recent programme of events over the weekend of July 21 and 22.

Tweed 1000’s Derek Sharman MBE staged the successful Defending the Borders Exhibition in the Guild Hall, that was attended by more than 1,000 people, and also the Medieval Living History encampment on The Ramparts that was enjoyed by countless Berwickers and visitors alike.

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The Tweedmouth Feast parade of floats included a London bus loaned, courtesy of Chain Bridge Honey Farm, to Tweed 1000. Residents of Albury House and Turret Villa were treated to a trip down memory lane journeying through the town with Girl Guides, the Spittal Gala Queen and her attendant, The Mayor, Lady Mayor and Sheriff. All were given an exclusive preview of the tapestry design by designer Tania Willis, and Jo Hardy was on board to help them make their contribution to the tapestry construction.

This weekend, the Redcoats are returning to Berwick Barracks to show off their military prowess.

Visitors can see how the Barracks would have operated at the time it was occupied by the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment, watch the Redcoats take part in military drills and see authentic weapons and tools used at the time.

The Redcoats are at the Barracks on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.

The chance of seeing these period re-enactors has been given by English Heritage which, in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, joins Tweed 1000 in celebrating Berwick’s unique history and place in the world.

The Tapestry Team, based at the Scout hut, will be displaying at The Main Guard throughout August and September.

Lydia Lee, the group’s schools coordinator, has a busy time ahead helping the team arrange a series of outstanding autumn term visits.