TAKE IT AS RED, ALISTAIR

Jedburgh Rotary Club President Ken Fotheringham with guest speaker Ivana Summerton
Jedburgh Rotary Club President Ken Fotheringham with guest speaker Ivana Summerton
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Sunday’s Melrose Parish Church congregation broke into spontaneous applause when the Reverend Alistair Bennett entered to take the service.

The reason was the minister’s attire – the red cassock with white stole of a chaplain to the Queen.

The was a celebration lunch in the hall afterwards to mark Mr Bennett’s appointment. The congregation, led by session clerk Ewan Rintoul, toasted the minister who, holding his Canadian grandson – to be christened on Boxing Day, thanked everybody and especially those who had braved road and kitchen difficulties to attend, prepare and serve the buffet.