An excited large crowd gathered outside Yetholm’s Plough Hotel on Friday night for the announcement of the 2015 Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi.
The principals for this year are Mark Dixon and Caroline Raw and Mark’s appointment means he follows in the footsteps of both his brothers - younger brother Jonathon was Bari Gadgi in 2009, while Christopher filled the post back in 2004.
Mark’s parents Carol and Richard moved to Mowhaugh in the Bowmont Valley, but he now lives in Kelso and works in agriculture.
Caroline has lived in Yetholm for more than 25 years and has two children.
Married to Karen with three children and another due next week, Mark says he is now looking forward to a busy summer - on several fronts.
“It was a great night on Friday and both Caroline and I are now excited and nervous in equal measure,” he said.
“Both my younger brothers have been the Bari Gadgi and, to be honest, when I saw them speaking at functions and that sort of thing, I was glad I didn’t have to do that - but then when I also saw what a fantastic time they both had and the friendships they made which are still going strong, I decided if I ever got the chance I’d definitely accept. And it is a real honour to have been asked.”
In charge of the ceremonies for Friday night’s events in the village’s Wauchope Hall, community council chair Susan Stewart, told The Southern: “It was an excellent evening, with a very good turnout. We were joined by local MSP John Lamont, visiting principals and other guests for the evening.
“We also made a presentation to Angela Lyall to mark her retirement last month after 25 years’ service as postmistress in Town Yetholm - we thought installation night would be a nice time to do that.”
The new principals were sashed by last year’s Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi, Scott Gillies and Rebecca Mather.
And at the reception in the hall, Mark and Caroline’s first duties were to present medals to the 50th anniversary principals, Robbie and Pat Blacklock, who are the only Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi ever to have married each other.
The reception also saw the traditional singing of Borders festival songs.