On the 27th of August 1998, Melrose fire-fighters are to welcome a group of fire-fighters from Plattling and their families to the Group 9 area for a period of 5 days. Visits and tours of our 3 border towns have been organised along with social occasions in each.
On the Friday of their visit the Melrose fire-fighters will be particularly proud to show their guests round the beautiful town of Melrose and the surrounding area.
The tour will include the historic Abbey, whilst later that evening traditional Burns night has been organised, the meal consisting of Cockaleekie soup followed by Haggis, Tatties and neeps and a few wee drams. A traditional Scottish dance will follow the meal.
Guests include the Honorary provost of Melrose, and other local dignitaries. This all takes place in Darnick, a small village hall just outside Melrose, where the local brigade hope to return some of the generous hospitality shown to them on our visit to Plattling.
The Melrose fire-fighters would like to thank Croall Bryson & Co. Ltd of Melrose for their generous donation of the use of a vehicle to transport their guests during the visit, also for the generous donation towards their funds from a local bequest.
Photographs by Ian Anderson
August 25 1998