Laughing Ducks

Jon, Harry Frew, Dizzy (representing Cash for Kids) and Anna.

On Friday 7th February 2020, the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Mr Harry Frew, was invited to open the new children’s recreation area in Coldstream: Laughing Ducks Soft Play.

The owners, Anna and Jon have spent seven years preparing what is a fantastic facility for the Grand Opening when the red ribbon was cut by Harry allowing local children to enter the under cover recreation area. There are two main play areas (the one for older children has go-karts), a sensory room and a party room, plus a cafe which serves excellent coffee and light snacks to eat-in or take-away.

Laughing Ducks are supporting two locally run charities, Cash for Kids and Meeting of The Minds. The Lieutenancy were very happy to be part of the opening ceremony and wish Laughing Ducks every success. 

Laughing Ducks Soft Play is located on Guards Road in Coldstream. You can find more about the centre through their Facebook page

Inside the Laughing Ducks Soft Play

Jon, Anna, Harry, John (representing Meeting of The Minds)


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Catherine Johnston

Catherine had her BEM presented by The Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire at a special Songs of Praise Service in The Old Kirk at Ladykirk on the afternoon of Sunday 17th November. Catherine has been awarded her medal for her devoted work to the community and especially her work for the Poppy Appeal. She chose all the hymns herself and the service was taken by Rev David Taverner with a tribute by The Rev Alan Cartwright.

What was extra special about the day was it just happened to be Catherine’s 70th birthday and there was a beautiful poppy cake made for her by the Hamilton family. The whole community had pulled together to clean up the church and make laden tables of food at the back of the church.

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Andrew Ainslie

Andrew Ainslie, Pipe Major of the Duns Pipe Band being presented with his British Empire Medal for services to Music and Piping at the Remembrance Service in Duns Parish Church in November 2018.

In picture from left to right: Cadet Sergeant Major Maclean who was the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, Jeanna Swan, Andrew Ainslie and the Reverend Alan Cartright.

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