SELKIRK'S highly-anticipated 100th playing of their Sevens will be sponsored by a local financial services firm.

It has been announced that Heard Hamilton Financial Planning Ltd has agreed to back the tournament in May.

This week club president Benny Rafferty offered his thanks to the local firm.

He told us: "This is a very generous sponsorship which will allow the club to run a very entertaining and high quality event.

“The club relies upon sponsorship as the Sevens is a big event and having a local sponsor also maintains our ambition of being a community club.

“I know that our sponsors will come along and enjoy the atmosphere of the event and hopefully they will continue their support in the future.

“With the support of Heard Hamilton and the superb organisation of David Nichol and his committee I am looking forward to an excellent event.”

This season's tournament, which is part of the Kings of the Sevens competition, will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Philiphaugh.

Heard Hamilton Financial Planning Ltd, who are based in Selkirk, have been associated with Selkirk RFC for several years.

And directors David Heard and Julia Laverty are delighted to be backing the landmark tournament.

David said: “We are very much looking forward to being the main sponsor of Selkirk Sevens in 2019, particularly with it being the 100th anniversary.

"Both Julia and I have always enjoyed attending the event and as a local company, we are delighted to be supporting the club.

“Here’s hoping for a great day – and for Selkirk to retain the trophy they won in 2018.”