Volunteers key to rally success and charity boost

May I pen a brief note on behalf of the Borders Vintage Agricultural Association to offer our sincere thanks to all those who gave so willingly of their time to make our annual rally a day to remember.

To try listing everyone who worked so hard to make it all run so smoothly always runs the risk of omitting a worthy person or two, but without the support of the Border Union Showground and staff we would not have a rally. The kind people who advertised in the rally catalogue, the exhibitors, including those who attended the rally for the first time and those who faithfully return year after year, also the traders, not forgetting of course caterers who kept everyone fed so well; all are vital ingredients of a successful rally.

And successful it was; we were blessed with fine weather against all the odds, maybe an element of us enjoying the best gate numbers for many a year, but I save the best news until last. We were able to present the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit Fund with a cheque for £2,303, every penny of which came from the generous Borders public, so a very big thank you to all who contributed so well.

All that remains is to express the hope we can do it all over again in 2013, when we invite everyone to Springwood Park for another right good day out.

Jim Bradley

BVAA Committee