the lane between Duns Road and the south-east end of Home Park, in Coldstream has finally been officially named - Orchard Walk.
Although the lane has existed and been used for years it has never had a formal signpost prompting a series of nicknames.
When Coldstream and District History Society started to make enquiries about the name local resident John Gray came forward to say that it was his understanding it had been called Orchard Walk.
After consultation with other neighbours, Scottish Borders Council, Coldstream & District Community Council and Coldstream and District Local History Society, Orchard Walk is now official and a small group of local people gathered last Friday at the official opening of ‘Orchard Walk’ which skirts the area of Coldstream where orchards existed.
The lane appears to have been built in 1901 when Andrew Noble, contractor and occupant of Orchard House, Duns Road, agreed to allow a right of way between Duns Road and Home Park - and was paid £45 for this. The lane was to be maintained by the council and this remains the case today.
Following the successful publication of ‘Second to None: A History of Coldstream’ by the history society a list of projects was drawn up - the first one being naming ‘Orchard Walk’, which was achieved with the help of Scottish Borders Council staff.
The history society’s next project is to have their own quality website and they are currently awaiting the results of a grant application on this.