Walkers set out for 40th birthday party

A BORDERS hill walking club celebrates its 40th birthday next year and will mark the anniversary with a special lunch.

The Scottish Borders Hill Walking Club hopes many former members will attend the celebrations in the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels, on Friday, November 21.

The plans were revealed at the club’s annual meeting in Lindean Hall earlier this month. The club is also holding its annual lunch at the Cross Keys Hotel in Denholm on Sunday, January 26, following a walk in that area.

Members approved the scheduled walks for next year, including day outings to Buttermere in the Lake District and the Arrochar Alps on Loch Lomond.

There will be walks every second weekend, including the Girthgate from Oxton to Galashiels, Simonside Hills at Rothbury, the Dun Rig Horseshoe, Lauder Circular and Cessford to Harestanes.

The club also agreed to make a donation to the Tom Weir fund, towards a £50,000 monument in his memory at Loch Lomond. Mr Weir was an honorary vice-president of the club. The committee also appealed for more leaders and ‘back-up’ walkers to join those currently involved.

The new chairman is Les Forster, following Stan Scott, who served for seven years.

Other officials are: honorary president, Atholl Innes; secretary, Evelyn Horsburgh; treasurer Roger Adams; committee, Alistair Hogg, Marion McQueen and Mike Still. Bob Sneddon retired from the committee. The annual subscription remains £5.