Lauder herds raise £400

MORE than 130 people attended the traditional Lauder Herds Supper in the town this month.

Diners and speakers at the Lauderdale Hotel event raised £400 for the kidney dialysis unit at the Borders General Hospital.

One of the organisers, Dougie Scott thanked the speakers for their “excellent speeches” and the 133-strong audience.

Hawick’s Henry Douglas chaired the evening which started with Ken Fletcher, deputy editor of the magazine Scottish Farmer, proposing the toast to the herds.

Mr Scott said: “Kenny started his toast with a few lighthearted stories and tales that had the audience in stitches before praising the task of the herds of today in the present financial climate.”

Northumberland’s Stuart Wallace replied on behalf of the herds.

Local livestock driver Alan “Doze” Henderson toasted the farmers and their industry. Replying on the farmers’ behalf was Gordon farmer Miles Browne.

Auctioneer Scott Lambie toasted chairman Mr Douglas.

Local piper Arch Anderson and Titch Frear from Kinross entertained the diners with pipe tunes,songs and stories.