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Friday, 22 May 2015

Berwick’s First Mayor’s Parade on Sunday 24 May

The May Fair Street Markets take place on Marygate, right in the centre of Berwick, from today to Monday 25 May from 11am to 4pm each day.

Other events are a talent competition and a ceilidh on Saturday 23 May.
On the Sunday, there’s the first Mayor’s parade with horse-drawn vehicles, pipe bands, vintage vehicles, historically-themed floats and characters representing themes from Berwick’s history and the town’s guild and trades through the ages, Deans of Guilds in their ceremonial robes from Aberdeen, Arbroath, Ayr, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Brechin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lanark, Perth and Stirling.

It starts in Castlegate at 11.45am at the War Memorial, goes down Castlegate, into Marygate, up Church Street, to the Parade ground.

Also on Sunday there are local bands playing on the Parade in front of the Barracks, pipe bands and Highland dancing, and a church service. More information. .

Some of the historical characters including George Manuel a crab fisherman; John Crombie; Dr Philip MacLagan and his son, Dr Charles MacLagan are played by actors in this Maltings Youth Theatre video.

The picture shows George Manuel; his wife, Margaret; and John Crombie.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tell Them Your Salmon Fishing Story

A new project by Newcastle University has recently started to engage residents of Berwick in a process of recording their untold stories and multi-sensory knowledge of salmon fishing on the Tweed (past, present and future) through a series of 'pop-up' events including Poetry Booth™ use for several days at the Town Hall and Watchtower Gallery in July/August.  

•Do you have fishing family connections or stories that you would like to share?
•Do you feel inspired when you see pictures of net and coble fishing? If so, how?
•What is it about the fishing heritage and river landscape that you cherish most?
•What are the qualities that distinguish Berwick salmon?

A selection of stories and artefacts representing ‘lost fishing futures’ will be included in a souvenir publication.

They would like you to share your experience with their community-based project at their first event on
Wednesday 10 June, 6 –8pm at The Pilot Pub Function Room,
31 Low Green, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1LZ.

If that's not convenient, please phone Helen Jarvis on 0191 208 6959 or email her at

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Enjoy a drama and an interesting wartime tea in #Berwick on Sunday, 10 May

What was life like for brides during the war ?

Tickets £8 from Smiths Gore, 8 Castlegate, Berwick.

The Story of #Berwick and #WW2 - 9 and 10 May

The next big event is this coming weekend, at the Berwick 900 World War II events in the Guildhall at Berwick.

It runs from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 9th May and Sunday 10th May. 

Friday 8th May is, of course, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), so it’s fittingly timed.

Come and see what your grandad did in the war.

See what life was like for your granny in the 1940s.

On Sunday there's a 1940s vehicle rally in the Barracks.

Friday, 1 May 2015

See Old Berwick on Film at Bygone Borderlands

The Berwick films being shown on 2 and 3 May (see the Bygone Borderlands talks programme) are:
  • Berwick Horse Procession and May Fair, 1911.
  • Berwick Infirmary Cup and May Fair 1929
  • Visit of the Coldstream Guards to Berwick on their Tercentenary, 1950
  • Fred Stott’s amateur cine taken in the 1950s (including the Queens Visit in 1956)

 Download the Berwick 900 Festival's full programme of events.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Berwick's Horrible History at Bygone Borderlands, Berwick-upon-Tweed, This Weekend

Find out about Tudor (1485 to 1603) Berwick.
Uncover the mystery of the Scottish spies.
Make a puppet of a historic Berwick character.
All this and more (mainly for children) upstairs in Berwick Jail (accessed from Berwick Guildhall).

It's part of the popular annual Bygone Borderlands event at Berwick Guildhall and it's this weekend; from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, 2 May and Sunday, 3 May.

Would you have liked to have been a medieval knight ?
  • Boys (and girls), try on the replica armour at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery at the Barracks.
  • See more of Berwick's Horrible History in the exhibition.
It's open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 2 May; Sunday 3 May and Monday 4 May.

Download the Berwick 900 Festival's full programme of events.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015