Coldstream menfolk had an unexpected guest for the official opening of their new men’s shed – Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party and also decidedly not a man.
Ruth was invited along to help with the opening by Coldstream men’s shed member John Lamont, Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.
Shed chairman Jock Law, who provided the shop space in the town’s High Street for the new venture, said: “It was a great surprise to be visited by Ruth Davidson to take part in our opening of the men’s shed in Coldstream.
“We now have 38 members signed up and look forward to welcoming them to the shed.”
Ms Davidson said: “I was delighted to attend the official opening of Coldstream’s new men’s shed and was welcomed with open arms, despite being neither a local nor a man.
“It looks like a great facility with a lot to offer both the local community and residents, and I’m sure it will prove very popular in Coldstream.”
Mid Berwickshire councillor John Greenwell has supported Jock’s efforts to get the new group up and running, and he added: “The men’s shed opening is down to a lot of hard work by volunteers and the third sector.
“Particular thanks must go to Dughall from BAVS and Juliana Amaral from the capacity building team at Scottish Borders Council. Without her enthusiasm, I don’t think we would have been ready for this opening.”
Mr Lamont added: “In rural areas like the Borders, it’s important to offer people the chance to socialise, and it’s great that there is something new on offer in Coldstream.
“Jock and the team have worked incredibly hard to get the shed up and running, and I was delighted to become a member myself.”