It was a day for heroes in Melrose as Batgirl, Superman and friends met up with soldiers from the 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The occasion was to announce an official theme for the 127th staging of the Gibraltar Asset Management Melrose Sevens.
The tournament, on the 9th and 10th of April, will acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of Services personnel, with a number of fundraising initiatives for Poppyscotland and the British Army’s sevens team entered into the main competition.
Over previous years, a tradition of wearing fancy dress to the tournament has developed, and this year the Melrose club is for the first time adopting an official “superhero or heroine” theme – with a cash prize of £300 for the best costume.
Poppyscotland community fundraiser, Marianne Lee, said: “We need to raise funds all year round so that we can continue to provide support to veterans and their families. Some of those returning from conflicts struggle to return to civilian life. Whether they have suffered physically, or mentally, or are facing financial hardships, we need to make sure we have the resources to support them.”
Teams from across Scotland will be competing against invitational sides, which this year will feature the Hamilton club from Cape Town in South Africa, which continues the Borders club's links with the Republic, alongside the returning 2009 winners, Johannesburg University.
“We want the tournament to show respect and to raise funds for our armed forces. But we also want everyone to enjoy themselves, whatever team they support,” said Douglas Hardie, marketing convenor, Melrose RFC.
“That’s the thinking behind our superhero and heroine theme, because our armed forces are the one team we can all support,” he said.