THE Duke of Buccleuch, pictured right, greeting the HRH Countess of Wessex, was among 500 guests at this week’s lunch to mark the start of the Border Union Agricultural Society’s bicentenary year.
The event, held at the Border Union showground in Kelso on Tuesday, was attended by farmers and others from rural industry sectors across the region and north Northumberland, and came exactly 200 years to the day of the society’s founding.
The Countess was present in her role as royal patron of the bicentenary year, which will feature a special programme of events and activities.
Speaking afterwards, Ron Wilson, Border Union secretary, said the successful lunch had been made more special by the presence of the Countess.
“The Countess was delightful and seemed very interested to meet society members from both sides of the Tweed and hear about our agricultural industry, past and present,” he said.
“We were thrilled that she made the effort to brave the wintry weather conditions to be with us today.”