Joe’s charity stick bid

Joiner Joe Fraser and the commemorative stick
Joiner Joe Fraser and the commemorative stick

Well-known local joiner Joe Fraser is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity thanks to his exceptional stick-making skills.

Joe, whose father Jack died in 2000 following a battle with prostate cancer, made a hazel stick complete with a tup horn with carvings of the Cornet, Right and Left-Hand men, the Acting Father and four mounted supporters to commemmorate last year’s 500-year celebrations.

And he has decided that he’d like to raise cash for Prostate Scotlland by displaying the stick, which took three-and-a-half years to make, at tonight’s Callants Club smoker and the upcoming Mosstroopers and 1514 Club dinners at which guests will be invited to put £5 in an envelope along with their name.

Members of the public will also be given the chance to enter the draw for the stick on Thursday-Friday, May 28-29, when Joe’s wife Ann will be in Tower Mill cafe with envelopes. Donations can also be made at Ferguson and Aitkin’s shop in Drumlanrig Square.

Joe, who, for the last 25 years has presented a stick to the 25 and surviving 50-year Cornets, said: “I’ll be delighted if the stick gets a good home and we make a few pounds for charity in the process.”