Kerr’s enthralling India account

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Rotary Club president Sandy Bannerman had the pleasant task of enrolling a new member last week when he welcomed Linden Warburton to the club.

Local Rotarian Kerr Scott was the speaker and he related his early years which were unusual in the extreme. His father was an engineer on a tea plantation in the Assam region of India and it was there at three weeks old that Kerr sailed with his mother to join him. Growing up in a priviledged state in India, he was more familiar with his nanny and only saw his mother at breakfast and bedtime with the result that the language he knew was Hindu.

He returned to Hawick when he was five years old and went to Drumlanrig school but first had to learn English. He cannot remember much of his early years in India except for a flight to his home in Darjeeling in a Dakota proprellor aircraft. He had snaps of his years in India and enthralled members with his account of his unusual, albeit exotic, start to life. President Sandy gave the vote of thanks.

The club’s literary tea at Mansfield Clubrooms last Sunday was a huge success. Part of the Reivers Festival, the event was attended by 100 people who enjoyed a sumptuous, traditional Scottish high tea, after which Fiona Armstrong, TV presenter and writer, gave a rousing talk on the Armstrong Clan in the 1600s.

It was fitting that one of the elder members of the Armstrong clan, Bert, gave an excellent rendition of the song, ‘March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale’ to round off a successful and pleasant occasion.