Big turn-out for Annual Supper

One of the oldest organisations in the area celebrated the 136th Annual Supper of the Tweedmouth Old People.

Saturday, 21st January 2017, 12:00 pm

Almost 100 people – the biggest turn-out for several years – enjoyed a festive meal in the Guildhall, which included roast turkey and all the trimmings.

It marked the return to civic official duty of the Mayor Ivor Dixon, who was accompanied by Sheriff Brian Douglas and the Sheriff’s lady Grace.

It was young voices singing carols who set the tone for a successful night, with an enthusiastic group of primary children from Prior Park School giving a fine performance.

The Vicar of Tweedmouth, the Rev Matthew Knox, said grace, and chairman Rae Huntly explained how a group of people decided 136 years ago to set up a function for the poor and elderly, and it had gone on ever since.

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Invitations were sent and the system is still followed.

Tweedmouth then had a population of 2,000, a railway marshalling yard, sawmills, a foundry, brewery, and a dock, which had been open for less than 30 years. It was a flourishing place. Rabbit stew was the main course at the supper.

The Mayor told the guests it was a lovely event to attend and he wished everyone the best for 2017.

He said Tweedmouth had gone through a number of changes over the years, many of them for the better.

County councillor Isobel Hunter, who represents Tweedmouth along with Coun Jim Smith, promised she would continue the fight to improve the community.

She said that more jobs and more businesses were needed. It would not be easy, but the councillors would do all they could.

A vote of thanks was given by vice-president Tony Langmack, who praised Mr Huntly, Mr Eddie McCall and the small committee for all they did, and eventually the fund-raising backed by local business and sponsors.

He congratulated the old people for supporting the supper so well and said that was encouraging.

He also thanked the civic party, Isobel Hunter, David Scott and staff for catering, the youth activities committee for its help, and A1 transport, which was much appreciated, and their guest artist Alex McCrae for wonderful entertainment.