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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

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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