NOSTALGIA IN PICTURES: VE Day celebrations in 1995

Borderers put on a brolly good show on May 8, 1995, as rain failed to dampen spirits at events held across the region to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day.

Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 1:28 pm
Pupils at Glendouglas Primary School pupils with local war veterans.
Pupils at Glendouglas Primary School pupils with local war veterans.

Last week, we were celebrating 75 years since the Second World War fighting stopped in Europe, so we’ve looked back to see how differently the 50th anniversary was marked...our old photographs show celebrations in the form of children’s games, tea parties and wreath-layings in Stow, as well as a parade of ex-servicemen in Hawick and a host of commemorations around the Edgerston, Glendouglas and Carter Bar area.

Ex-Servicemen march along Hawick High Street, after the Drumhead service at the Common Haugh.
Celebrations at Edgerston Village Hall in 1995.

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VE Day 50th anniversary celebrations at Glendouglas Primary School, Carter Bar and Edgerston Village Hall in 1995.
A wreath is laid at Edgerston War Memorial.
Wartime memories were passed on to future generations at Glen Douglas Primary School by former pupils Jessie and David Wylie, May Renwick and Elizabeth Kinghorn. on the right is 83-year-old Mr Wylie with grandson Martin.
VE Day 50th anniversary celebrations at Glendouglas Primary School, Carter Bar and Edgerston Village Hall in 1995.
At the Carter Bar, Pipe Major Allan Walker plays the lament at the VE Beacon ceremony.
Jessie Wylie, May Renwick, Betty Kinghorn and Dave Wylie at Glendouglas School.
The villagers of Stow congregate inside the town hall as the rain starts.
Commemorations at Carter Bar in 1995.