CHRISTMAS in the Royal Burgh just got a little brighter thanks to a generous cash donation from Selkirk Merchant Company.
This week, a cheque for £1,050 was presented to Bobby Clyne, chairman of the Christmas Illuminations Group, by the Merchant Company assistant secretary, David Heard. This sum represents donations from the official 2010 and 2011 Common Riding brochures and it has helped pay for the new lights for the Christmas tree in the Market Place.
David commented: “The publication was the brainchild of Gordon Newlands and photographer Rob Gray, and with the help of the Merchants made its first appearance in 2009 in the form of a small leaflet. This contained a short history of the town’s time-honoured celebrations plus biographies of the seven Standard Bearers. The town’s three bands were the recipients of funds raised by the original pamphlet.
“A more comprehensive brochure has appeared at the following two Common Ridings, with the Merchant Company agreeing to organise distribution and the collection of donations.
“The 2010 and 2011 publications together raised just over £1,000, which has been presented to the illuminations group
“Gordon, Rob and the company would like to thank all who have contributed over the past three years, especially the advertisers whose support has greatly helped with the publications.
“Next year’s Selkirk Common Riding brochure will be produced and administered solely by Gordon Newlands and Rob Gray, and Selkirk Merchant Company would like to wish the pair every success in the future.”