St Andrew's Club holds its annual dinner

President Ian Hay played a dual role as he led Berwick St Andrew's Club, founded in 1884, through its annual gatherin' in the Black and Gold Club.

Sunday, 10th December 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:08 am
Ian Hay

He proposed the toast to the club and the Scottish nationality, then took off his chain of office and dinner jacket to join The Tinkers, with whom he has played for many years, on the entertainment programme.

The haggis, piped in by Pipe Major Andrew Ainslie and addressed by Diana Higham, was followed by an excellent meal after which the president gave the loyal toast and proposed the night’s principal toast.

Toast to the forces was proposedby Peter Walton, who said how moving it had been to recently attend the unveiling of a memorial, to which Berwick had contributed and which acknowledged the First World War achievements of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, who lost 5,000 men. He also paid tribute to the War Graves Commission.

Dr Nolan Dalrymple extolled the virtues of Berwick in his toast to the town.

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The River Tweed was to be celebrated, while history was perhaps the town’s greatest strength.

Replying, Mayor Gregah Roughead emphasised the hard work going on in the town.

Jessica Spencer-Barry proposed a toast to the president and entertainment was provided by young singer Cameron Robertson.