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SBCC convener Jack Clark and John Lamont MSP at the network meeting
SBCC convener Jack Clark and John Lamont MSP at the network meeting

ROTARY CLUB: President Scott Elliot welcomed 37 members, partners and guests to the Christmas night last Thursday. After an excellent festive meal, Scott passed the evening on to Bobby Cairns to introduce the various artistes whom he had invited /persuaded to entertain the company.

Billy McWatters then performed a couple of tricks with a humorous commentary, and was followed by Ina Cairns’s hilarious poem ‘The 12 Days of Turkey’ poem. Ina was then joined by Betty Oliver and Dorothy Shiels in seasonal songs.

Gus Neilson recounted his entertaining version of a ‘Politically Correct Christmas,’ after which Jane Bannerman delighted with a speedy and humorous version of the Nightmare Song from ‘I olanthe.’

The company sang ‘We Three Kings’ with powerful solos from Scott Elliot, Gus Neilson and Jack Swanston, before Pat Sutherland, following her hilarious story of ‘The Messiah’ as seen through the eyes of a Dumfriesshire shepherd, brought the evening to a close with ‘Mary’s Boy Child.’ All the artistes were superbly accompanied on the piano by Rosalyn Walker.

Vice-president Sandy Bannerman gave all the performers a hearty vote of thanks, before president Scott offered best wishes to all for a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

EARLIER this month, Rotarians visited the Scottish Borders Brewery at Lanton, where they were received by owner John Henderson, who showed them around the firm’s operation, explaining all the complicated procedures and effort involved in making and supplying the perfect pint of real ale.

Everyone found the visit most interesting and enlightening and thoroughly approved of the sample partaken and also the bottles to take away and enjoy at leisure.

Ron Sutherland made a vote of thanks and said how much everyone had enjoyed themselves and wished John all the best in his new venture, which would surely put the Borders, and this area in particular, on the tourist and visitor map.

Later, members retired to the Buccleuch Hotel for their weekly meal where some matters of business were discussed

SCOTTISH BORDERS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The monthly networking lunch at the Mansfield House Hotel proved to be a highly successful event with more than 30 businesses represented.

Guest speaker John Lamont MSP gave an informative and topical talk on the independence debate, which was enjoyed by all in attendance, and included a very good question-and-answer session.

Jack Clark, chamber convener, said the event had been a great success with many new contacts made and looked forward to the next networking event in January.