Peter Leggate

After many years of service, Peter Leggate has retired as Vice Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire. Peter was appointed to the position of Deputy Lieutenant in 2002 and succeeded to the post of Vice Lord Lieutenant in 2011 when Colonel Simon Furness retired. He has given his time generously and always with enthusiasm to support the people of Berwickshire.

We would like to offer him our sincere thanks for all that he has done to encourage voluntary work, promote the church and the Armed Forces and of course escort Royalty on their visits to the county. He will be sadly missed.

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Davie Thomson, known to so many, died peacefully on the 10th May 2018 at the age of 89, at the end of a hugely active life in the community. He touched the lives of countless people all of whom will miss him enormously for his warm, engaging personality and his great commitment to whatever he was doing.

Davie was born at Lambden, just south of Greenlaw, and lived there all his life, marrying his adored Claire and bringing up two daughters and a son. His main farming enterprise at Lambden was with pigs which he started in 1969.

He had a great love of horses, winning 14 point to points and training numerous winners on the course including his home bred Half Awake to win the Greenall Whitley Handicap Chase at Haydock.

Davie was a Steward at Kelso Racecourse for many years and joined the Board in 1973 becoming Chairman in 1986 until 2004. Under his leadership Kelso was transformed into “The friendliest course in Britain” with facilities to match.

He was Chairman of the Northern Area Point to Point Association for 18 years, guiding the sport through its most popular years when entries were so large that races were often divided. In his latter years he took a huge interest and great pride in his son, Sandy’s, successes on the racecourse.

With his great commitment to racing one has to wonder how he found the time to take on the role of Master and Huntsman of the Berwickshire Hunt, a role which he performed with enormous skill for 16 years – greatly helped by his two late joint masters, Rob Tullie and Tom Morgan.

Davie was a well-loved Deputy Lieutenant, an Elder and Session Clerk of Eccles Church for many years, a great singer at many Burns Suppers and community events and wonderful company. He will be greatly missed by a huge number of people not only for his company, but for his wise counsel and his enormous commitment to so many different organisations where he touched the lives of everyone involved.

He is survived by his sister Jean, his son Sandy and daughters Alison and Jane.

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Princess Royal Visit

2012 Cornet's Lass Sally Middlemiss smiles behind the Princess

The Princess Royal represented The Queen at a Thanksgiving Service to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at Melrose Parish Church.

On 11th September 2012 The Princess Royal represented The Queen at a Borders wide service of thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Princess Royal was met by the Scottish Borders’ Lord Lieutenants for Roxburgh Ettrick and Lauderdale, Berwickshire and Tweeddale on her arrival at Melrose.

Six hundred guests, including 187 from Berwickshire, were invited to the service in Melrose Parish Church.  Following the service The Princess Royal met members of the public including the principals of local summer festivals and many local school children who turned out to give The Princess a very warm welcome to The Borders.

The Princess Royal made her way to a reception in a marquee in Gibson Park for 200 guests, 66 from Berwickshire, who represented various local groups, many of whom were presented to Her Royal Highness.  During the reception The Princess Royal presented two BEM honours, one to Mr John Falla of Bonchester Bridge and one to Mrs Elsie Brown of Ayton.

Mrs Elsie Brown of Ayton pictured with the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire.


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