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Melrose Festival 1998 Programme



[Photo: Eildon Hills on Fire]
The Eildon Hills

The Whins are Up!

Fire destroyed large tracts of whin and bracken on the Eildon Hills during a (brief) dry spell. Fire appliances from Melrose and Galashiels tackled the blaze although getting to within 'hose' proximity proved difficult.

Eventually all was under control however, leaving a somewhat ugly scar as a result.


Melrose Prepares for the 1998 Festival

[Drawing: From Festival Programme Front Cover]
Festival Programme Front Cover
by Hannah Syme
[Photo: Cllr Smith]
Cllr W Smith
courtesy Southern Reporter

The principal guests this year are Councilor and Mrs. W. D. Smith. Councilor Smith will deliver the oration with Mrs. Smith crowning the Festival Queen.

Photo courtesy Southern Reporter

Bill Smith has been in Melrose since 1971, moving here from Peebles, his native town. He was a member of the old Burgh of Melrose Town Council, and upon regionalisation chaired the inaugural Melrose and district council. In 1992 he was elected to Borders Regional Council and re-elected in 1994.

In 1995 Bill was elected to be Scottish Borders Council's member for Melrose, presently serving on the Planning and Development, Education and Protective Services committees. He is also a member of the Ettrick and Lauderdale Licensing Board.

In his "former life" as Headteacher, he taught at Jedburgh, Peebles, Galashiels and Kelso from where he retired. Bill is also a former convener of our Festival Executive, where organising the programme and Publicity was his charge. Bill is also an Elder of Melrose Parish Church, where his wife Jean is on the flower committee.

It is with great pleasure that Melrose welcomes Councilor and Mrs. Smith to the Festival this year, knowing that it would be difficult to find anyone who has better knowledge, or has been involved more with the Town of Melrose in the recent past.


Melrose in May

June 10 1998