Tribute to Probus Club founder unveiled

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A LASTING tribute to its founding member has been put in place by Canonbie Probus Club.

Members, family and friends gathered in Harelaw last Wednesday to unveil a bench in memory of Ronnie Mowbray.

President Chris Cloy welcomed everyone, including Ronnie's widow, Jessie, his son John and wife, Marilyn, and daughter, Christine Pool, and husband, David.

The bench, which was unveiled by Jessie, is a mere stone's throw from the couple's former home where they lived for 50 years and looks out across Liddesdale towards England.

John said: "For my mother and the rest of the family I would like to thank everyone for coming along today.

"My father really enjoyed the Probus Club and he talked about it every time I saw him.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in this memorial. It's something special for our children and grandchildren to visit."

Ronnie was the founding member and first president of the Canonbie Probus Club. It was set up in 1993 and brings together retired men from a wide range of professions, businesses and occupations with fellowship and informal discussion free from politics and religion.

A long association with the Cross Keys Hotel, Canonbie continues, with morning meetings held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month except August.

Guest speakers are invited and some of the best are from the local area.

Mr Cloy, a retired forester from Claygate, is the current president and Peter McManus, a retired teacher from Harelaw, is secretary and treasurer. Peter, along with John Mitchell, organised the purchase of the bench.

There are currently 15 members in the club and more new members and guest speakers would be welcome.

Probus clubs donate annually their modest surplus funds to activities, charities and ventures which preferably benefit their communities.

Mr Cloy said: "It is thanks to donations from members of both the Canonbie and Langholm Probus Clubs that we have bought Ronnie’s bench with his name plate on it.

"It has a splendid view across the Penton Linns and we hope it will give pleasure and fond memories to his family and friends."

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:51AM
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