One of the biggest Civic Weeks ever

Last week saw another brilliant Berwickshire County Show take place in the grounds of Duns Castle, and it was great to once again see such a big turn out.

Farmers, cattle breeders and agricultural enthusiasts from around Scotland come to the show every year, making it one of the best shows of its type in the country.

Ever since Berwickshire’s Agricultural Association was founded in 1885 it has helped to promote and encourage the growth of our local agriculture industry.

Now boasting around 600 members, the association does a first class job in hosting the Duns Show and it continues to offer entertainment for all ages. If you haven’t yet been along to the show I would highly recommend it.

I had my usual stall at the show and it was great to see so many people stop by to say hello. I saw a few familiar faces and it was great to meet some of my constituents to hear about their issues and discuss how I can help them as their MSP.

The whole day was a great success and my thanks and congratulations go to the show’s organisers on another great show - I am already looking forward to next year’s!

The beginning of August always marks Coldstream Civic Week, during which several ride outs take place to nearby towns and villages.

The biggest of these is undoubtedly the ride out to Flodden, and this year hundreds of riders and their horses took part in light of it being the 500the anniversary of the battle which took place there.

Each year the ride is led out by the Coldstreamer to the battle site, where a short service is held and the Coldstreamer takes a sod of earth from the battlefield and carries it back to Coldstream.

This is in honour of the actions of Abbess Hoppringle, who is said to have sent for the bodies of the dead to be brought to her for burial in consecrated ground.

It is a fantastic tradition and it was led brilliantly by this year’s Coldstreamer, Grant Campbell. As always there was a huge turnout by local residents and those who live nearby to watch the riders, and it was great to see that these events still manage to bring our communities together in this unique way.

My thanks go to all of those who helped to organise this year’s event and put in so much effort to see it as one of the biggest Civic Weeks ever – it undoubtedly helped to make it a week that will live long in the memory.

My summer surgery tour in which I visited over 70 towns and villages across my constituency has recently come to an end; however my regular weekly surgeries will begin again in the next few weeks.

If you think I can assist with any matter, you can still contact my office on 01450 375 948 or for tours of the Scottish Parliament please contact my Holyrood office on 0131 348 6533.