Anniversary supper heralds Salvation Army’s big year

The youngest and oldest Salvation Army members ' twins Maisie and Ellie Drabner Graham and twins Calum and Lewis Renwick, with Nan Douglas ' cut the 125th anniversary cake
The youngest and oldest Salvation Army members ' twins Maisie and Ellie Drabner Graham and twins Calum and Lewis Renwick, with Nan Douglas ' cut the 125th anniversary cake
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A lively weekend programme launched a special year for Salvationists at the Hawick Citadel.

Opened in 1887, the Hawick Corps is 125 years old. Celebrations got under way with the annual anniversary supper, followed by a programme of music and recitations by the local corps band, Songsters (choir) and representatives of other groups.

The special guest for the evening was Lieutenant Colonel Alan Burns, divisional commander for the Salvation Army in east Scotland.

After linking the items together with funny stories and humorous observations, he spoke of the need for a sound focus for celebration.

He then reminded the assembled congregation of the need to look for our purpose from the past, but to God for help in the future.

Sunday morning worship was led by George Shaw, a former Salvation Army officer and now chaplain to the Fisherman’s Mission in Eyemouth.

Corps officers Captains Steven and Elizabeth Turner rounded off the weekend. Among familiar Salvation Army songs and choruses came the drama ‘500 excuses’.

A number of events are being planned for this special year, including a youth choir, ceilidh with live band, and a visit from the Salvation Army’s premier vocal group, The International Staff Songsters.