Fund-raising poetry evening helps raise spirits and cash

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FORMER high school teacher John Coutts and his wife Heather returned to the town recently and joined members and friends of the Hawick Salvation Army Corps in a fund-raising evening of poetry.

The couple presented compilations from his school days, their years at a Selvation Army school in Nigeria and his current work with schools in Stirling.

Captain Steven Turner said: “The audience were delighted with humorous verse, moved to reflection and encouraged to present some poems.”

The evening also helped to raise over £100 for John and Heather’s daughter Elspeth, who is to spend a year teaching in Uganda with Scottish charity Project Trust.

With the combination of a coffee morning, the poetry evening and donations, Elspeth went away with £380 towards her target of £4,950.