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

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.