Duns Senior Citizens 50th anniversary

Top table guests at the Duns Senior Citizens Club's 50th birthday.
Top table guests at the Duns Senior Citizens Club's 50th birthday.

Duns Senior Citizens Club marked a special milestone on Friday when they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

A special party was held in the town’s Volunteer Hall when members were able to look back on some great times at the club with specially invited guests, including Berwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs Jeanna Swan.

The hall was decorated appropriately and guests and members were treated to some first class entertainment by Lucy Cowan, Hilary Bell and Tommy Grieve.

A delicious feast including birthday cake in honour of this special occasion was served, and everyone received a special commemorative pen as a keepsake. There was a fun filled atmosphere and it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the club would like to thank everyone who helped in any way.

Duns Senior Citizens Club holds regular fortnightly meetings in Turnbull Court for the town’s elderly residents and have a variety of topics - talks, demonstrations, activities etc, as well as outings and special lunches.

The club is run by a very willing committee who all work well together as a team to prepare the syllabus, provide refreshments at each meeting and carry out any other duties that may arise.

Secretary Madge Cran told us: “We are affiliated to the RVS and come under their ‘umbrella’ and constitution. We also get a lot of advice and support from Age Scotland.

“Our regular meetings are very well attended - 52 members, all women at the moment, and a waiting list. Our members are very proud of their club, and are enthusiastic and appreciative.”

She added: “The traditional Christmas lunch, provided by a local caterer, is the highlight of the festive season for some of our elderly members who perhaps don’t have the joy of sharing a Christmas dinner with anyone. This event is always well attended and enjoyed, and it’s good fun too as we provide entertainment often by pupils from the Berwickshire High School and/or Duns Primary School. This is a great connection which we value – young and old meeting together.

“We also have a Burns’ Supper, the club outing in May, a shopping trip, afternoon tea and a summer lunch.”

The next meeting takes place at 2pm on Friday, March 4, in Turnbull Court, and the topic will be Farm to Fork.