Exiles return for bussin’ concert

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THERE will be no sense of anticlimax this year for the Selkirk Colonial Society one year on from the centenary of its formation.

For 2011 brings a second milestone. It is 100 years since the Colonial flag was first cast at the Common Riding.

“In the first year of our existence the founding members commissioned our flag to be crafted in Canada and shipped it to Selkirk in time for the 1911 Common Riding,” said society chairman Lindsay Cockburn.

The honour of casting the first Golden Banner fell to John Johnstone from Canada and, just before the ceremony, a choir of Selkirk school children was assembled in Market Place to sing The Maple Leaf Forever.

A century on and the 2011 incumbent is Bobby Murray who moved to Australia with his Souter wife Mandy four years ago.

Bobby will lead the exiles at the society’s bussing concert in the Victoria Halls on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 by programme.

One of the most informal and joyful pre-Common Riding events, the concert, presided over by guest chairman Alan Elliot, will feature the traditional community singing, with Selkirk High School Band, under the baton of Colin Kemp.

Bobby Murray’s flag will be bussed by his Canberra-based daughter Sarah, while Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Michael Craig will receive the Edinburgh and Lothians Souters’ Society medallion from Jim Johnson. The lady pinner will be Susan Jackson.

Our visitors from overseas

Australia – Robert, Mandy, Sarah and Alistair Murray; Linda, Francesca and Genevieve Baird; James Pellow; May Davidson; Jan, Ian, Alex and Ellie Falconer.

Canada – Peter and Dana Bailie; Brian and Fiona Irwin.

Barbados – Raymond, Rosemary and Althea Smith.

USA – Graham Craig.

Dubai – Judith and Sophia Dias.

Finland – Leslie Kiernan and Matthieu Negrerie.

New Zealand – Ian and Florence MacDonald; Isobel Easton, David, Pamela, Kyle and Ella Leighton.

Syria – Jane Newlands.