Monday, February 25, 2013

The History of Ayton and other Personal Recollections

That's the title of a new 48 page booklet in card covers published by
Ayton Local History Society

It includes contributions by several local inhabitants including extracts from the works of T Ramsay Turner, a local builder, kirk elder and flower show enthusiast who was born in Ayton, Berwickshire, in 1904. Some of his writings have already been published but included in this edition for the first time are chapters on the Volunteer Hall, Netherbyres Mill, School Memories and ‘bidding the toon’ the custom of informing residents of funeral arrangements in the village. There are also accounts by an unknown author entitled ‘Happy Childhood - Reminiscence of 1876’ talking of visits to the local gas works where ‘John the Gas’ would tell ghost stories. Also included is a poem by Robert Mennon, and photographs of the
village from before 1880 to the 1960s.

Cost £3 plus postage: UK 69p, EU £2.70, rest of world (air mail) £3.30, rest of world (surface mail).

Order from Mary Thomson at 64 Talisman Avenue, Galashiels, TD1 2DL, Scotland, or via our Contacts page using the contact type Order for Publications.

Come to our Conference on 11th May 2013 in Galashiels, Scotland.

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