Centenary exhibition

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Following our recent Centenary exhibition we have so many people to thank for making it such a success. We were humbled and delighted that almost a thousand people travelled toLongformacus over the weekend. It was a particular delight to welcome so many former residents – one lady told me she had left 56 years ago! We hope it provided a useful opportunity for many to renew old acquaintances.

When we put out an appeal for items of local interest a few months ago we had no idea how generous folk would be.

We are indebted and grateful to the dozens of people who lent historic documents, personal memoirs and precious family photographs. In all we were loaned more than 400 images and documents. Many visitors kindly brought along items at the weekend. Some are still arriving by post. They all helped illustrate Lammermuir life a century ago. The weekend would not have been possible without the assistance of many people and organisations, including the Longformacus and Roxburghe estates, Scottish Borders Council, The Lammermoor Pastoral Society, Dunse History Society, The Borders Family History Society (and the irrepressable Elma Fleming!), Print Spot, Moss & Wood, James’ Marquees, The Lammermuir Community Fund, all at Stobswood and Redpath Farms, Cranshaws Village Hall Committee, the Kirk of Lammermuir and members of the Berwickshire High School orchestra who entertained us.

The loan of a 1914 Morris from Myreton Motor Museum was greatly appreciated and publicity in the Berwickshire News helped swell visitor numbers. Of course, the event just wouldn’t have been possible without the many, many hours that our volunteer archivists, photographers, home-bakers, tea-makers, sign makers and leaflet deliverers put in over recent months – thank you.

For many the most memorable parts of the weekend would have been the sight of the Duns Pipe Band marching across Longformacus Bridge, but a special thank you must go to Rob Jaffray for his encouragement and his exceptional memoir of a Lammermuir herd’s life from the 1930s.

Many have asked us what next? With such a large archive of local information we hope to catalogue it and make it available online.

Mark Rowley

The Row, Longformacus,