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The meeting commenced with an announcement by David Morgan that not only was today St David's Day, but that it was the first time in the history of Seahouses Probus Club that the club meeting had fallen on this day.
This prompted an extended discussion on the etymology of local place names and the extent to which many of them may be of Welsh origin.
David then told us we were not allowed to leave the meeting without accepting from him a daffodil to celebrate this occasion.
Our chairman, Christopher Hull, after thanking David for his contribution and daffodil, opened the meeting.
He then called for apologies for absence, and wished those of the membership with upcoming birthdays a happy day.
We were told that Cyril Jones, a member since the opening of the club, would be unable to attend any more meetings due to ill health and it was proposed and passed unanimously that he be appointed an honorary member.
At the behest of our chairman, secretary Fraser Suffield and treasurer Forbes Grant reported that matters under their control were, in fact, under control. The writer of this report would like to point out that the names in this report, unlike the last report, are the correct ones.
We were then introduced to our speaker Bob Higham to give us a talk entitled A Borderline Case – A Walk in the Borders.
Bob is a countryman, a walker, a retired ‘man of the cloth’ and a member of Berwick Probus Club.
His talk was to be about a walk along the English/Scottish border from the Solway to the North Sea.
It is not possible to adhere to the actual border throughout the whole of the walk due to interference in the form of boggy land, army manoeuvres, private property, etc.
Surprisingly, the bed of the old Waverley railway line is not available to walk along.
The walk commenced at Gretna, which amazed our speaker with the number of Japanese tourists photographing everything in sight and the amazing number of tourist shops open for business.
The walk finally finished at Lamberton by the Sea after passing through the debatable lands, Liddersdale, Kielder, Paxton House, Melrose, College Valley, and many more well known and loved border locations.
The talk was awash with history and was evocative of the beauty and tranquillity of the whole area.
After a short question and answer session, Gordon Cowan gave an appreciative vote of thanks on behalf of the club.