Adelightful show up in the Borders
MY INVOLVEMENT with Yetholm Border Show stems from my stay with Netta Harvey, the Scottish Borders contact leader, back in May.
Her husband, David, was lovingly renovating a lorry to transport the Fordson tractor he was raffling in aid of the show and the Diabetic Association. David and his friends had put much work into this unusual prize and when he asked me to draw the winning ticket and present the trophies at the show I couldnt refuse.
What a delight the show was. I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere with the Borders people determined to enjoy a day out in spite of gloomy headlines in the papers. There was something for everyone in the family.
Five thousand tickets for that Fordson had been sold far and wide but the first name out of the barrel was James Wauchope, a local farmer, who, coincidentally, later won a toy tractor out of the show raffle. What are the chances of that happening, I wonder. The second ticket drawn was for a bottle of whisky and had my daughters name on it – honestly it wasnt up my sleeve!
The clearing away on Sunday morning began in earnest but it was also Harvest Thanksgiving in Yetholm parish church – so simply yet beautifully decorated by the choir. The minister welcomed young and old alike, reminding us in prayers that you may sow in tears but reap in joy.
Top: Vintage tractors and other vehicles gleam in the sun at Yetholm Border Show. Right: The Fordson tractor David Harvey took along which was raffled in aid of the show and the Diabetic Association.