Town Yetholm

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Town Yetholm
Town Yetholm.jpg
Town Yetholm
Town Yetholm is located in Scottish Borders
Town Yetholm
Town Yetholm
Town Yetholm shown within the Scottish Borders
Population 469 (2001)
OS grid reference NT8128
Civil parish
  • Yetholm
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KELSO
Postcode district TD5
Dialling code 01573
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°32′42″N 2°17′10″W / 55.545°N 2.286°W / 55.545; -2.286Coordinates: 55°32′42″N 2°17′10″W / 55.545°N 2.286°W / 55.545; -2.286

Town Yetholm is a small village in the Scottish Borders in the valley of the Bowmont Water opposite Kirk Yetholm. The centre of the small village is made up of the village green surrounded by the village shop, the Plough Hotel Public House a few houses to the south and a row of terraced dwellings to the north, separated from the green by the Main Street. The Wauchope Hall is situated at the east end of the main street next to Gibsons Garage. The village has many notable houses with impressive views.

Every year, in June the village holds a festival week to celebrate the village and the people within. Two respectable young adults are chosen to represent the village during its own festival and others around the Scottish Borders. They are named from the gypsy language, Bari Gadgi (best boy) and Bari Manushi (best girl).

Every year on a Saturday in July the village plays host to several hundred visitors from the larger town of Kelso during the town's "Civic Week" festival. On this day the Kelsae Laddie, his left and right hand men and a cavalcade of about 200 horses ride their way to Kirk Yetholm via Hoselaw and the Venchen Hill. After a welcome and a toast the cavalcade moves across the Bowmont Water to Town Yetholm for lunch. After lunch in the Plough Hotel for the principals, and picnics on the green for rest of the visitors, the piper plays a reel which is danced by the Laddie and his right and left hand men joined by the Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi. The visitors leave during the afternoon and the village returns to the sleepy picture postcard scene it always is.