Challenges of change

Top table at the manufacturers dinner. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.
Top table at the manufacturers dinner. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.

CHANGE was the dominant theme from speakers at the Michaelmas Dinner of the Scottish Borders Manufacturers Corporation.

Dr Donald Tosh, of stockbrokers Speirs and Jeffrey, spoke of the challenges of continually adapting to variable market conditions.

Deacon Martin Baird highlighted the decline of local high streets, livestock auction marts, the closure of the abattoir in Galashiels and the domination of the food chain by supermarkets.

Dr Sandra McNeil of the Abbotsford Trust spoke of the new visitor centre and the upgrading of the house which will be completed next year.

Kelso rugby star Roger Baird entertained with tales of Borders characters from the game and his own international career.

Deaconess Karen Baird revealed this year’s charity was Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the speakers were introduced by deacon elect Andrew McLean of Prostrakan.

The dinner – which dates from the formation of the Galashiels Manufacturers Association in 1776 – was held at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.