Memorial restoration bid gets funding boost

Plans to restore a memorial to one of the region's most famous sons have received a major funding boost from Berwick Preservation Trust.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 16 February, 2016, 18:07
Andrew Ayre with the tombstone of Border poet John Wilson at Tweedmouth Church.

It has offered £5,000 towards the refurbishment of John Mackay Wilson’s grave in Tweedmouth churchyard.

He is most famous for publishing Wilson’s Tales of the Borders, a collection of local tales, stories, history and ballads.

Andrew Ayre, who has been bringing the tales to a new generation, is behind the restoration plan.

He said: “I am pleased to report that Berwick Preservation trust has offered £5,000 to kick-start an effort to get Wilson’s memorial in Tweedmouth restored.

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“We are now starting discussions with the church and, no doubt, others who may have a view on how this is to be done.”

He added: “If anyone with project management experience in the building trade is available to help manage this project, offers of help would be gratefully received!”

Wilson’s Tales were first drawn together and published in weekly instalments from October 8, 1834, when Wilson was also editor of the Berwick Advertiser. They became a minor publishing sensation of their day with the original runs of 2,000 having to be raised to 30,000 within a year.