John’s first of the spinning Blacks to cast Weavers flag

Deacon Keith Russell congratulates John Black on his Appointment as Weavers SB.'Contact Numbers are'Fleshers SB Ivor Ward: 07788563547, Weavers SB John Black: 01750 21677 - New deacon of the Weavers is Keith Russell his number is 07725898003

Deacon Keith Russell congratulates John Black on his Appointment as Weavers SB.'Contact Numbers are'Fleshers SB Ivor Ward: 07788563547, Weavers SB John Black: 01750 21677 - New deacon of the Weavers is Keith Russell his number is 07725898003

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The Selkirk Incorporation of Weavers named John Black of Glebe Terrace as their 2014 Standard Bearer on Friday.

“I can’t wait,” the 58-year-old former spinner told us. “It’ll be one of the proudest days of my life, up there with the birth of our children.

“I’m Selkirk born and bred, and since I was a boy, I’ve attended hundreds of Common Ridings, and always had a hankering about what it would be like to stand on stage and cast the flag. I’m looking forward to a successful cast: there is politics between the associations, and there’s a right and wrong way to cast. It’s an opportunity to represent the craft, and a hell of a challenge.”

Following in his late father’s footsteps, John began his apprenticeship in 1970 as a shader Selkirk’s Whinfield Mill – the spinning division of Heather Mills – before spinning yarns at Ettrick & Yarrow Spinners. He left in 1988 to take up a position as “a man from the Pru’”, before working as a chartered financial planner for an Edinburgh firm.

John, the first in his family to cast the flag, will be supported by his “pleasantly surprised” 85-year-old mum Jean, and his Lady Busser and wife of 37 years Val, who has also lived in Selkirk all her life.

Together they raised two children: builder Jon, 35, who lives near Yair, and their daughter Jodie, 33, who’s married with a daughter, Eva, in Newcastle.

“They’ll all be making the journey back for the Common Riding,” he said: “They’d better come, or I’ll write them out my will.”

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