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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

It’s three cheers for Santa Claus at party

The weather on Christmas Day was extremely favourable, the rains on Sunday being followed by a fine frost, which dried the roads. Only a sprinkling of snow was lacking. The sun shone brightly in the afternoon.On Saturday afternoon the children of Westerkirk attended a party given to them in Bentpath Hall by members of the Westerkirk W.R.I.150 sat down for the Christmas Party in Canonbie Hall on 17th December.

af Times Past 29.12
Red Cross hospital at the Mission Hall run by Lady Ewart: Staff and patients with Christmas message from 1911



Suitable musical services, in which Christmas carols were the leading features, were held in all the churches on Sunday evening, and there were two services in the Episcopal Chapel on Monday.

The Christmas traffic was greatest on Sunday, though there was a good distribution, especially of parcels on Monday.

There have been a number of dances and social functions of a public character.



Mrs Pringle, president, welcomed the children and their parents and said she hoped they would all enjoy themselves.

The children then sat down at the tables and after saying grace tucked into a lovely tea served by W.R.I. members.

After the tables had been cleared away the games got into full swing with young and old alike greatly enjoying them.

Ice cream and sweets were handed round at intervals and carols were sung, the Rev. J.J. Glover and Mrs. Glover joining in heartily with the children.

The big moment of the afternoon came when Santa Claus arrived and gave each child a present and an apple. After three rousing cheers Santa departed.

The party finished with Mrs. Pringle thanking all those who had helped to make the party a success.



Chaired by Mr Ron Mowbray and served by a bevy of ladies, young and let us say, matronly, the assembly tucked in to the usual substantial supper.

Busy helpers, male and female, had already prepared and decorated the hall – and in due course removed all traces of revelry.

The free raffle was so generous that nearly everybody won.

With customary flamboyance Alec Pool dispensed the awards and then, with George Beattie, urged forward the entertainment, provided by weel-kent and loved performers.


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