MEETING AT COLDSTREAM BRIDGE 

On the 7th of May 1926 a great gathering of Coldstream Burnsians and friends, stood on the Smeaton bridge to dedicate the plaque which commemorates that day when Robert Burns and Robert Ainsley crossed over the bridge to enter England in 1787. I had the honour of being the speaker in this place on the 7th of May 1987 when once more a large gathering of Coldstream men and women Burnsians met here to re-dedicate the plaque on the 200th anniversary of the Bards visit to Coldstream. Coldstream Burns Club has over many many years, been rich in both men and women who have been dedicated to the spreading of the Bards works throughout this area. Since 1981 I have been close to Coldstream Burns Club and from that time I have got to know and admire some of these wonderful members of the club. Men as Bill Jackson, who along with his charming wife Molly became very close friends with my wife and I. Jim Davidson that most excellent chairman, Alistair Marjoribanks a wonderful musician, with whom I shared many years entertaining patients in hospitals, Drew Stevenson, The Rev. Arthur Wiltshire, Stuart Rutter and so on and on. These men and their fellow members have continued with the with the good works of their pre-decessors keeping the proud name of Coldstream Burns club to the fore within the  Clubs in our Federation. On Saturday the 25th of April “The Robert Burns World Federation of Burns Clubs” met in the Berwickshire High School in Duns where many children from various High Schools in the Borders met to compete in singing, reciting, playing musical instruments, and Bagpiping. This was a wonderful setting for this magnificent competition the children of the Borders must have practiced for many hours to be able to arrive at such a high standard. Latter the Primary school-children of the Borders met in the same venue – to recite, sing, play bagpipes and musical instruments which was a feast of song and music for the many fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who were present. The Coldstream Burns Club were represented at both of these functions and along with members of the other Clubs of “The Borders Association of Burns Clubs” in no small way made both of those National competitions a complete success.  The reason for the existence of any Burns Club is to spread the story of our Bard in their area. To teach the children of their town the songs and rhymes of our Bard thereby making them proud that they belonged to the same country as Robert Burns making them eager to become members of their local Burns Club. The Coldstream Burns Club excels in all of these things and over these coming years may they work to keep alive in this area of Scotland that wonderful dream of Robert Burns


“That man tae man the world oe’r ---shall Brithers be for a’ that”