Hermitage WRI still going strong at 90

Hermitage WRI 90th birthday celebrations - long-serving members Beatrice Scott,51 yr Thirza Jackson,54yr Jean Elliot,50yr

Hermitage WRI 90th birthday celebrations - long-serving members Beatrice Scott,51 yr Thirza Jackson,54yr Jean Elliot,50yr

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Hermitage WRI celebrated its 90th birthday with music, singing, wonderful guests and a scrumptious afternoon tea.

Members were joined by national chairman Isobel Robertson, representatives from Roxburgh federation and H & H committees, plus two members from each institute in H group, to which Hermitage belongs.

There were also three ex-presidents, two honorary members and the daughters of two members who acted as hostesses for the evening.

President Avril Wittering also welcomed longest serving member (61 years) Annie White. Another three members who have each chalked up in excess of a half-century of service – Thirza Jackson (54 years), Beatrice Scott (51)and Jean Elliot (50), pictured – were presented with certificates and badges by Isobel.

Entertainment was provided by singer and accordion player Stuart Anderson from Stow and singer Joyce Tinlin. Three Hermitage members also entertained by reciting poetry and reading a short history of the rural’s 90 years.