BEACONS, street parties, a regatta and school celebrations were just some of the events taking place over Jubilee weekend in and around Selkirk, writes Sally Gillespie.
Lord Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, the Hon Gerald Maitland-Carew, represented the area in London, and took part in Sunday’s flotilla down the Thames and he was at St Pauls Cathedral for the thanksgiving service on Tuesday.
“Every part of the lieutenancy was doing something – there was also huge excitement everywhere,” he said. “It was absolutely marvellous.”
He and his wife Rosalind and deputy lieutenant Disney Barlow and his wife Vanna were towards the front of the flotilla in the historic boats section and they had draped Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale banners down the sides of their boat.
A regular visitor to Thirlestane, the Duke of Edinburgh spotted the signs: “He was about 30 metres away and recognised us and pointed us out to the Queen and gave us a special wave,” said the lord lieutenant.
He knew of 59 events planned to celebrate the Queen’s six decades as monarch across the lieutenancy and said there were many others.
Among those were a Jubilee regatta at St Mary’s Loch on Saturday, school celebrations in the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys, street parties, a beacon on Philiphaugh Estate and the area’s Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Beavers attending a weekend camp in Edinburgh.
One of the street parties took place in Halliday’s Park on Monday when nearly all families and those of every age attended, including a lady who celebrated her 30th birthday a few weeks after Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in June 1953.
“Queen of the Park”, Mary Inglis wore her crown throughout the day and Chief Haggis Hunter Jimmy Linton added a clootie dumpling to the feast.
At Midlem there was a flypast on Monday when farmer Robin Johnson dipped the wings of his RV7 two seater single- engine plane as villagers partied outside the hall, enjoying 1950s music, festive food, ice cream and drink and games and competitions.
A commemorative oak tree was planted close to the village smithy by Gilly Dalton, of Lilliesleaf, whose grandfather, Brigadier General James Bruce Jardine gave the land on which Midlem village hall was built.