Floods made bridge quiver!
Published at 21:37, Wednesday, 05 October 2011
On Saturday evening last, George Shearer, a platelayer, and Robert Strickland, a navvie, both residing at Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, went into the kitchen of Brockwoodlees when under the influence of drink, and alarmed the inmates by their coarse language and other unseemly conduct.On Thursday the members of the choir of the Episcopal Chapel at Langholm were treated by the Duchess of Buccleuch to a most enjoyable trip to Glasgow Exhibition.Ever since Mrs Alex. Pool’s comment regarding the building of the Langholm Bridge, made on the “Have a go” programme last week there has been considerable discussion going on in the town on the subject and so we mention the late Mr. John Hyslop’s words about the Langholm Bridge as contained in his book about Langholm As It Was.In a setting unrivalled by any other, in a frame of changing colour, the 138th annual Eskdale Agricultural Society’s Show was held on the Castleholm on Saturday.
Mr Nelson, the farmer, on hearing the noise, came into the kitchen and ordered them out, but they refused to go; he succeeded, however, in getting them out, but not until they had broken several panes of glass in one of the windows.
LANGHOLM CHOIR TRIP
The party, numbering fifteen, was accompanied by the Rev. J. A. Seaton, minister of the Chapel, and travelled via Carlisle to Glasgow on the North British Caledonian Railway.
Dinner was partaken of in the city before proceeding to the Exhibition, which proved full of attractions.
“It seems convenient to say something here about the two bridges which span the Esk within the town of Langholm and add so considerably to the amenity of the town.
We have already recorded the fact that my great-grandfather, Robin Hotson built Langholm Bridge, and that one of the younger workmen was Thomas Telford.
The story of the great flood in the Esk, which made the new bridge quiver, has often been told, and people have laughed at the tale of my great-grandmother, Tibbie Donald, Robin’s wife, setting herself against the bridge to keep it from tumbling into the water.
It is an excellent story which has been told by every writer on Telford but I am sorry to say it did not happen.
COLOURFUL SETTING BRINGS IN CROWDS
What’s more – it didn’t even rain one drop.
During the day there were several activities which attracted the attention of the crowd.
The tug of war was won by a Canonbie team and the sheaf tossing champion was Jim Robertson, The Becks, who out-threw John Henderson in a close final.
The trade stands and auxiliary stands did a roaring trade all day with the refreshment tent getting its fair share of customers.
Without any doubt the hilarity of the afternoon reached its peak with the terrier racing although one would-be cowboy gave a good display of how to hold on to a young bullock calf which was determined to escape in the ring during the grand and spectacular victory parade.
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