Yetholm and valleys seen through the lens of film-making family

A MOTHER and daughter team have produced a film about Yetholm and the surrounding area, writes Sally Gillespie.

The premiere of the The Finest Place was at Wauchope Hall on Friday – and the history of that village hall was even included.

Film-maker Dorothy Sharpe has spent eight months creating the movie on the recent history of Yetholm and the Bowmont and Halterburn valleys.

“It is basically memories of the village from the 1930s to the 1950s when it was a thriving shopping centre. It’s been like a jigsaw, I’ve enjoyed doing it. It is very interesting meeting people,” said Mrs Sharpe.

She was keen to record memories about the valleys next to Yetholm, explaining: “In the same period the life in the valleys was different – they were quite cut off and had to be self reliant and I wanted to focus on that as well.”

A member of the village’s history society, the former school teacher spoke to elderly villagers and shot footage in the village and surrounding countryside.

And her daughter Alysoun had the task of editing the film. Those who took part and others involved packed the hall to watch the first showing of the self-funded and non-profit-making project.

It covered Stobs Stane and old boundaries and drove roads, the village association with gypsies, villagers’ memories of wartime, how life was in the village, the halls, shops and trades, experiences in the valleys, Mowhaugh School (up the Bowmont Valley), Yetholm Shepherds’ Show and, of course, sheep and dog trialling.

Mrs Sharpe made a similar film about Kirknewton, just over the border, two years ago.

The first public showing The Finest Place will take place in the Wauchope Hall next Thursday (July 21) at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2.

Anyone wanting to buy a copy should go to the viewing or look online at www.shadowcatfilms.com.