Tradition is upheld at old folks' supper

For 137 years, elderly people in Tweedmouth have enjoyed a festive meal, a drink and entertainment free of charge and that tradition continued in the town hall on Thursday.

Monday, 15th January 2018, 8:39 am
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President Rae Huntly said that a small committee organises the event and shops, stores, offices, organisations and, notably, Berwick Charitiers Committee, contribute.

Fifty years ago, Pringle and Allan Brothers were firmly established and Jus-Rol was in its infancy and the dock was busy. Over the years, things had changed but the Tweedmouth people had always cared for each other and shown a tremendous community spirit.

The president faced a major problem this year when the entertainer, from Middlesbrough, failed to turn up. Mr Huntly filled the time with an impromptu talk on the history of Haggerston Castle, where he worked for many years.

Mr Huntly also spoke of the wonderful day in 2001 when he, as mayor, welcomed the Queen to Berwick. It went so well that the Queen stayed much longer than anticipated and walked further than planned up Marygate.

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Mayor Gregah Roughead said it was one of the most sociable events he had attended.

Before the meal, highland dancers Megan and Georgina, from Eyemouth, performed a number of dances.

Vice president Tony Langmack gave the vote of thanks for the meal.