Rags to riches at rural

Minto WRI president Mary Beck welcomed 22 members and four visitors to the September meeting in Denholm village hall, where a minute’s silence was observed in memory of past-member Ena Pow who was a faithful WRI lady.

Marjory Gavin then entertained with the Balmer family’s tale of rags to riches, from ‘Blind Davie’, the smuggler and player of the fiddle whose son died in the Jethart Poorhouse in 1883 – to the ‘Black Sheep’ who died in the jail at Greenlaw, whose widow’s son became a respected member of Hawick Co-op and a town councillor – to his grandson who became mentor to James Callaghan and an expert in Oriental languages.

Enid Cruickshank gave the vote of thanks. Competition for best Common-Riding photo: 1, C. Nicol; 2, A. Reid, 3, P. Jardine; 4, M. Armstrong.