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Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Rocking and a-rollin

FAMOUS for rock ‘n’ roll-influenced hits like Under The Moon of Love, Pretty Little Angel Eyes and I Wonder Why and their trademark colourful suits, Showaddywaddy have enjoyed a loyal following since they formed in 1973 and appeared on talent show New Faces.

Their first single, Hey Rock And Roll, was released the following year and by 1982 they had entered the UK charts 22 times, making them one of the most successful groups of all time.

The group are back at the Buccleuch Centre by popular demand on Saturday, February 23.

The current line-up features three of the original eight members – Dave, Rod Deas and Romeo Challenger – and they continue to belt out their hits at shows up and down the land.

After 40 incredible years rock & roll music is truly alive and kicking in their hands and the audience’s reaction says it all about this amazing band.

Nathan Carter, who plays at the Buccleuch Centre next Friday draws huge crowds wherever he goes and, backed by a superb band, this 22-year-old from Liverpool performs country, Irish and easy listening music.

He is an expert accordion player. When he and the fiddle player in the band get together, the tempo increases as a bit of traditional Irish music is thrown in for good measure.

Special guest is Lisa Stanley, the singer and bubbly presenter of the Phil Mack TV show.

Firebrand’s favourite Lesley Harcourt returns for the Hawick theatre company’s spring production, White Rose by Peter Arnott.

The former Taggart regular is joined by Robert Jack (Jacko in the BBC comedy Gary: Tank Commander) and Alison O’Donnell, soon to be seen as Douglas Henshall’s co-star in the new BBC1 drama Shetland.

White Rose, directed by Richard Baron, opens with a preview performance at Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick next Thursday.

It tells the remarkable story of legendary Russian World War Two fighter pilot Lily Litvak, the first woman to shoot down an enemy aircraft.

The play centres on her romantic relationship with Squadron Leader Alexei (Robert Jack) and her friendship with her female mechanic Ina (Alison O’Donnell) against the background of the carnage of the Battle of Stalingrad.

The are Sarah Cruikshank (oboe), Jenny Stephenson (clarinet) and Anna Mary Lynch (bassoon).

Hawick Music Live! presents the Arunda Wind Trio at the Heart of Hawick on the afternoon of Sunday, February 24.


This young, dynamic wind trio of recent graduates enjoy bringing live popular music to their audiences. They are three young women with engaging personalities who will bring youthful exuberance to their concert. For tickets ring 01450 360688 or on the door.

Chart-topping pop superstar Ronan Keating headlines at the Ultimate Ladies’ Night at Carlisle racecourse on August 5.

The lead singer of Boyzone, now a successful solo artist, will perform on a trackside stage at the end of the evening race meeting, sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

The singer-songwriter from Dublin, whose latest album is Fires, is the biggest name to appear at Ladies' Night. He boasts nine UK number ones, including Boyzone global hits like No Matter What and Words.

Advance tickets cost £20 for adults, covering both the racing and live music. Advance tickets for groups of 20 or more are £17.50. Admission on the night is £25 if any tickets remain.

A new exhibition at Dumfries Museum, Who Dares Wins, tells the inspirational story of Captain Cecil Leyland Riding MC who was parachuted behind enemy lines into Nazi-occupied France.

Cecil talked little of his wartime experiences. After his death, a wicker picnic hamper was found in the attic of his Dumfries home. The hamper contained a wealth of documents and memorabilia telling the story of Cecil’s remarkable experiences during the war.

The hamper and its contents have been donated to Dumfries Museum by his family and are being exhibited for the first time.

Cecil was born in 1913 and was brought up on the Castlemilk Estate in the parish of St Mungo near Lockerbie where his father was a gamekeeper.

When Cecil left school in 1929 he began work as a trainee factor, helping to oversee the estate for the 3rd Baronet, John William Jardine, head of the Jardine Matheson Company.

In 1936 Cecil accepted the post of assistant factor on the Garscube Estate near Glasgow. He met and later married Janie Murray who was a secretary in the office. He also completed his land agent's qualifications.

In 1940 Cecil joined the Coldstream Guards and a year later was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry.

In February 1944 he was recruited into the Special Air Service, better known as the SAS. Three days after D-Day Cecil was parachuted into France, south of Paris, where he remained on special duty behind enemy lines for the next three months as part of Operation Gain.

He took part in the advance into Germany in March and April 1945 before participating in Operation Doomsday, the liberation of Norway. He was awarded five medals.

The exhibition runs until January 2014.


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