Motorbikes & More
Denholm Village, Sunday 26th August
Steve “Hizzy” Hislop was a local motorcycle racing legend who won at the Isle of Man TT eleven times, won the British 250cc Championship in 1990 and won three Bristish Superbike championships. Steve tragically died in 2003 and his friends started the “Hizzy Run” that year.
The run initally raised funds for the bronze statues which are situated in Wilton Park, Hawick and another on the Isle of Man. There is also a room within the museum in Wilton Park dedicated to Steve with bikes, leathers, trophies etc on display. The run now raises money for charity every year, organised by Steve’s mum, this year supporting Alzheimer’s (Scotland).
Steve served his apprenticeship as a mechanic at Thos. B. Oliver garage in the village and was sponsored by the business in his racing career. Wendy Oliver who now runs the family business is very involved in the event and will be presenting the Trophy for “Marshals Choice of Machine”, which is an annual fun trophy for anyone who takes part on the run.
On the day the bikes will be in Denholm in the morning, leaving at 10:00 a.m. to start the run of over 150 miles, which takes them down into Northumberland and back up to Denholm around 3:30pm.
There is also a car boot sale taking place from 8 a.m., a raffle, tombola and an auction taking place once the bikes return to the village, with amazing items such as a trip to Bellhaven Brewery for up to 12 people with a complementary meal, a VIP day for 2 at British Superbikes and a picture of Denholm Green by local artist Sandy Milligan.
Another artist in the village, William Simon Wallace Art is hosting an Open Studio and Sale of Art in the studio at “Leyden’s Cottage” just off the green, between 11 and 4. This is part of the Crossing Borders 10th anniversary art trail with open studios and events all through July, August & September. There is also an exhibition in Hawick over this coming weekend:
As it’s a bank holiday weekend (hoorah!!) there’s lots of other things going on in the Borders, there’s the wonderful Holm Show at Newcastleton Village on Saturday and Glendale Show on holiday Monday.
Hawick & District Railway Society have “Border Rail” 2018 in the Auld Baths (near Sainsbury’s) with working layouts, secondhand stall and trade stalls 10-4 Saturday & Sunday.
The spectacular setting of Floors Castle should make the Massed Pipe Band Day something pretty special to see!
Of course, there is the usual fab family fun to be had at Born in the Borders with their grass sledging, turf boards, sand pit and more, plus the lovely team from King’s Equestrian will be running pony rides there on Saturday from 11a.m.
Phew, need a lie down after all that but wow, spoilt for choice this weekend!!