Greenend Farm, near St Boswells, was the poignant setting on Friday for a nativity play and carol concert in aid of young cancer sufferers.
Staged in one of farmers Grant and Nesta Todd’s barns by Clic Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, it proved a magical and atmospheric event, and it raised an impressive £3,000.
Twenty-three local children, from four schools – Melrose Primary, St Mary’s and St Boswells Primary and Earlston High School – were joined by live animals for the production, which was led by Pooee Pitman, director of Kelso Amateur Operatic Society (KAOS).
Accompanying music was organised and played on the keyboard by the Rev Marion Dodd.
Pooee told The Southern the event was a real success: “This was a new approach for the Clic Sargent Carol Concert, which has previously been held in Melrose Parish Church.
“The idea came from the most enthusiastic committee members I’ve ever met – Snippet Innes, Philly Lee, Jenny Litherland and Rossie Maitland-Carew.
“They asked me if I could help way back in June. After the success of KAOS’ Wizard of Oz show, I was in need of a project so I said yes.
“I was so happy with how the nativity went. All the narrators and nativity characters performed fantastically.
“There were also some adults plucked from the audience who played their roles of shepherds, angels and a king with much aplomb. The animals were great too.
“We had three sheep, four goats, three ponies – one who was dressed up as a camel – a donkey, some chickens, a Scottie dog and, of course, Willoughby the pug, who dressed was up as a sheep. It was a fabulous kick-start to Christmas.”
Narrators were Mimi and Panda Pitman; Anna and Vanessa Grieve; Kate MacRae, Melissa Taylor, Lucy Jones, Summer Guthrie, Lucy Cathrow and Katie Bell.
Performers were Charlotte Cathrow (Mary), Blair Adamson (Joseph), Jack Helm (donkey), Ella MacRae (Angel Gabriel); Jamie Cathrow, Pippa Cuthbert, Callum and Gregor Adamson, Lexie Marshall (all shepherds); Lauren Bertram, Grace Guthrie, Bella Card and Katie Swan (all angels); Callum Adamson and Lexie Marshall (kings).
Pooee is now now back in rehearsals for next year’s KAOS show, scheduled for March, when the company will perform in the Borders premiere of The Addams Family.