BORDERS primary school children took part in a special dance in Selkirk on Saturday – as a tribute to The Queen.

The event had been planned as part of the Scott’s Selkirk Festival which was cancelled following Her Majesty's death.

Selkirk children dance in memory of  Her Majesty the Queen who was the patron to the Royal Country Dance Society.

But organisers wanted the dance to continue in memory of The Queen who was the patron to the Royal Country Dance Society.

The children were asked to name the new dance and teacher Miss Menni, from Knowepark Primary School, selected the name ‘Queen’s Choice’ by P6 pupil Dani Patterson as the winner.

Selkirk children dance in memory of  Her Majesty the Queen who was the patron to the Royal Country Dance Society.

The performance started at 2pm and Selkirk Provost Keith Miller joined dozens of members of the public including friends and families of the youngsters to watch the dancers in action.

The music was provided by Sam Clelland on his accordion and afterwards, Queen’s Piper Kevin Turnbull – who has played at Balmoral, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace – played a lament while everyone bowed their heads.

Selkirk children dance in memory of  Her Majesty the Queen who was the patron to the Royal Country Dance Society.Selkirk children Ellen Gillie and Kayla Riddell then laid flowers at Sir Walter Scott’s monument

Selkirk children Ellen Gillie and Kayla Riddell then laid flowers at Sir Walter Scott’s monument before Provost Miller then led the children to the Church Hall for an adult’s ‘Come and Try’ day.

Margaret Pritchard, who has taught children to dance in Selkirk for 46 years, said: “I remember seeing the Queen in Selkirk in the mid seventies and she was the Royal Country Dance Society patron so we wanted to show our respect. And we couldn’t have wished for a better day. I was really chuffed to see the large crowd which included ladies from our Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles branch.

“It’s a day that will live in my memory and hopefully the kids as well.”

A beginner’s class will be held at Selkirk Parish Church at 6.45pm and anyone interested in giving it a try is welcome to attend.

For more information contact Margaret Pritchard on margaretobrien2019@outlook.com or 07552811528