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Berwick Rotarians enjoyed a traditional Burns Night at their meeting in the Castle Hotel on Tuesday.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 8:00 am

Vice president David Ross extended a welcome, and the haggis was addressed by Jimmy Jamieson, a club member who appears regularly on the programme of the Borders circuit. He also recited Willie Wastle.

The poem To A Mouse was recited by Dr John Watson, and Bryon Longbone led the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

• Berwick Rotary Club this week confirmed that its Spirit of Sport Day will take place at the Swan Centre on May 13.

The Spirit of Sport event is for disabled people, regardless of type of disability, age or gender.

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It allows participants to take part in up to 10 different activities, including archery, bowls (two types), darts, kurling, boccia and much more.

The event is free for participants.

While slightly competitive, the focus of the day is all about giving people a fun time. It is not a Paralympics-type event.

Rotarian Moira Thompson, chairman of the organising group, said: “Berwick Rotary has run this event for nearly a decade now and it is one of the highlights of our year.

“To see people who have a difficulty getting stuck into something and doing it with a smile is just so humbling.“

“We are always aware that there are people who would enjoy the day, but who don’t know about it, so if you know anyone with any disability, please do ask them to get in touch at

“We will do our best to help them and perhaps even allow their support team to have a few hours’ break for chat and a coffee.

“The event normally attracts almost 100 people from not only Berwick, but from many areas in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.”

This year the event is being aided by the Tesco Bags of Help scheme so if you are in Tesco, please ask for a token and pop it in the Spirit of Sport slot.

Berwick Rotary’s next event will be a gin tasting event in the Castle Hotel on March 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 or £7.50 for non gin tasters. It is open to the public.