Strutting their stuff for a good cause

The Borders branch of the Order of St John is stepping on to the catwalk to raise funds for local charities.

The charity, which dates back centuries, is holding a fashion show at St Mary’s School in Melrose on Tuesday, March 3, to show off clothes and accessories from Borders shops Good Going in Kelso, Inis in Galashiels, Hogarth in Melrose and David Thomson in Jedburgh.

“We have not branched out into the world of fashion before,” said St John’s Borders chairman, Alasdair Hutton, “but we exist to raise funds to help local charities with a medical connection.”

In the past, St John’s has given money to The Margaret Kerr unit at the BGH, Border Talking Newspaper, Berwickshire Wheels, and both Borders mountain rescue teams, among other charities.

Kelso-based Alasdair, who has been the narrator of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the last 23 years, will present the show.

“I have presented a Harris Tweed fashion show in New York,” he said, “but this will not be quite like the Tattoo.”

The event starts at 7pm. Tickets, including a drink and canapés, are £10 from the shops mentioned above as well as St Mary’s School. Further information from Alasdair Hutton on 01573 224369, 07753 625734 or