Judy has to call it a day at studio

Judy Steel in her studio at The Haining ahead of the 'Masked Ball'.
Judy Steel in her studio at The Haining ahead of the 'Masked Ball'.

Due to ill health, Judy Steel, wife of former Borders MP, Lord David Steel, has been forced to close down her costume-making workshop athe the Haining.

The 76-year-old co-founder of the Rowan Tree Theatre Company said back in 2011 that: “I really feel it’s time I retired. I’m letting myself shake down a bit and see what happens.”

Judy Steel who has been awarded a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Judy Steel who has been awarded a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

She has kept going a bit longer than that, but illness has now forced her to stop.

Lord Steel said this week: “Sadly, because of ill-health, my wife Judy is having to give up her costume making and hiring at the Haining studio.

“Could I therefore ask anyone who has costumes belonging to the collection to email me and let me know, on steeld@parliament.uk

“Most we shall be happy to give away.”

However, Lord Steel called for one special item to be returned.

He said: “In particular, I would like to trace a black academic gown with crest, which we do need to keep.”