The Scottish Borders Manufacturers’ Corporation (SBMC) held their 228th Michaelmas Dinner recently, in the Townhouse Hotel in Melrose. Founded in 1776, the SBMC is on e oldest organisations of its kind in the UK, with dinner speakers having included Sir Walter Scott and Hardy Amies. This year’s annual event carried on the tradition of attracting leading politicians and captains of industry, with up to 70 local businesses and their guests attending to hear speakers Alistair Darling MP, Borders MP Michael Moore, Mr Ian Shuttleworth, and Mrs Gillian Murray. Each year the organisation supports a charity, and this year it is Columba 1400, a charity that helps young people realise their potential.
Top table guest were, from back row left, Michael Moore MP, Alisair Darling MP, Gillian Murray (events and development manager with Columba 1400), and Ian Shuttleworth. Front row, Jim Hutchison (deacon elect), Andrew F Mc Lean (deacon), Blair R Finlay (boxmaster).