A good-sized crowd braved a wet Friday evening for the introduction of this year’s Peebles Cornet-Elect at the town’s Burgh Chambers.
The Cornet-Elect, Lass, Crowning Lady, Warden of Cross Kirk, Warden of Neidpath and Boundary Reader were all introduced by Beltane Festival chairman Keith Brunton. in t
Cornet-Elect and Lass for 2015 are Keiran Scott and Beth Williamson.
Keiran has lived his whole life in Peebles and is the son of Bill and Sarah Scott who themselves have a long history with the Beltane.
He has worked at local motor dealership, Brown Brothers, since 2009 in different roles and is currently undertaking training with a view to moving to its sales team.
Keiran worked previously for the Scottish Rugby Union doing youth development work and is a keen supporter of Peebles Rugby Club - he played rugby until injuries forced him to stop.
‘It was an amazing night and I feel very honoured to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’Cornet-Elect Keiran Scott
Now golf, cars and supporting Newcastle United - as well as Peebles RFC - are among his interests. His newest activity is horse riding which he has been doing over the past year and said he was highly honoured to be Cornet-Elect and is looking forward to representing Peebles, meeting other principals and in particular his installation night and dancing the reel.
Like Keiran, Cornet-Elect’s Lass Beth Williamson was born and brought up in Peebles and has been active in the Beltane from an early age.
Her parents are 1988 Cornet and Lass,Andrew and Joyce Williamson. And this is not the first time Beth has followed in her mothers’ footsteps, as they were both maids in the Beltane Court.
After leaving school, beth was employed at the Crown Hotel until moving to her present position with the Black Circles tyre firm.
Keiran says the slight spitting rain as he was carried aloft in the chair out to greet Friday night’s crowds did not dampen his big night in the slightest: “It was an amazing night and I feel very honoured to gtet what is a once-ina-lifetime opportunity.”
Warden of Neidpath-Elect for 2015 is Eric Gilmour. Born and bred in Peebles, Eric has been the factor at Haystoun Estates for the past 25 years.
On the Beltane Committee, he has filled various positions including chairman between 1995-99.
Chairman of the flower show, Eric is also a member of the Gutterbluids, Callants and Guildry and is a previous Highland Games chieftain.
Eric’s brother, Harry, was Warden of Neidpath 1991. Eric has two children, Gavin and Lindsey, and three grandchildren.
Crowning Lady for 2015 is Liz White. Like Eric, Liz was born and bred in Peebles attending Halyrude, Kingsland and Peebles High School where she was Head Girl. She studied hotel management before leaving Peebles for a brief stay in Canada. Married to Douglas, the couple has two sons, David and Keith. Liz is probably best known for her work with the Beavers which has now lasted 25 years and during this time she has been the Assistant Commissioner for Tweeddale.
Liz is not the first member of her family to be Crowning Lady, as her aunt, Sheila Murray, who was Beltane Queen 75 years ago, carried out the duties in 1990.
Warden of the Cross Kirk for 2015 is the Pastor of the Peebles Baptist Church, Ian Gray. Ian hails from Surrey and attended school in Guilford before heading to Aberdeen to study divinity where he met his wife Lindsey.
The couple came to Peebles in 2011 along with their three children. Ian is a keen archer and is currently helping to get the Tweeddale Archers off the ground as a new sport for Peebles.
Boundary Reader for 2015 is solicitor Morris Anderson, who has filled the role on two previous occasions - in 1982 and 2006.
A senior partner with Blackwood and Smith, he is a past Captain of Peebles Golf Course, past president of Peebles Curling Club and is a member of both the Callants and Guildry.
Mr Brunton was delighted with the way the evening went: “It was an excellent night. It started raining just as things began, unfortunately, so hopefully we will get better weather for Beltane week itself,” Mr Brunton told us.
“The principals were well received and have proved a popular choice.”