Grantshouse book launch

On Friday evening the collection of local poetry, “East Berwickshire in Rhyme”, by Grantshouse-born Jim Crosbie was released for sale. This is Jim’s second publication - his first being a history of Grantshouse printed in 1999.

The night was a great success helped in no small measure by the line-up of those reciting a selection of poems from the book and the supporting musicians, Janet Walker on accordion, Ellinor Dobie on harp and Alex Prentice on fiddle. The poems ranged from the “Minister of Abbey St Bathans” performed by Alison Landale to “A Drap o’ Yon” relating the sorry tale of a drunken Cockburnspath fishwife, recited by the irrepressible Jim Barrie.

Ian Waddell opened the evening with “In Berwickshire” and wife Fay closed with a poem by Lady John Scott of Spottiswoode entitled “Lammermoor”, both poems extolling the virtues of our countryside and life hereabouts. Mary White recited two poems about the Hiring Markets and Bill Patterson was in his element with a poem about early scholars at Millburn School as he explained that his mother had been headmistress there at one time.

An excellent assortment of treats to eat and drink was served during the interval by the ladies of the Grantshouse Wednesday Club Committee. The Chairman, Katharine Prentice, thanked all those who had helped bring about the production of the book, especially the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund and the Grantshouse Wednesday Club who granted the necessary funding.

On Saturday the Grantshouse Village Hall Committee held an exhibition of old local photographs from their extensive archives to support the sale of the book. It was well attended by visitors from Canada, Edinburgh, Duns, Lamberton and Ayton and memories were shared throughout the day. A newsreel of the rebuilding of the mainline railway bridges after the floods of Friday, August 13, 1948 was also shown .

The book costs £8 and can be bought from Margaret Fleming on 01361850208 or the Grantshouse Inn.