THE neighbours in Academy Place and Douglas Terrace could not hold a traditional street party for Jubilee Cornet Neil Davidson.
But they did not want to see this fantastic milestone go unmarked so, after Pipe Major Craig Irving piped Neil and his friends and neighbours out into the square, Kenneth Pool, in his usual nostalgic and witty style, gave a wonderful tribute to Neil with many memories of Common Riding 1970.
This was followed by a toast, for which friends and neighbours raised a glass to Neil.
The elder statesman of Academy Place, Arthur Elliot presented Neil with a framed, Davidson Tartan picture of the monument from Yarns to Yearn For and gift vouchers, with beautiful flowers for his wife, Jill.
Although not the celebrations they would like to have had, a lovely afternoon was spent socially distanced, catching up over a glass of fizz or a cup of tea on the front lawns of neighbours’ houses.
This was a welcome opportunity to have a chat with Neil, Jill and the family and wish them well.