Monday, 1 June 2015

Day Trips by Wagonette and Bus - 1907 & 1936

It is the time of year when many local organisations are planning their annual outings - and it was no different in years gone by.  Here are some photographs from the Auld Earlston collection. 

1907 - Earlston Parish Church Choir Drive to Yarrow Manse.  
Setting off from the Red Lion Hotel.   Hopefully it would be a dry day as there was no protection from the elements?   It is a bit surprising that they did not choose to take the train from Earlston to Selkirk, via Newtown St. Boswells and then by waggonette to Yarrow. 



1936 - Ercildoune Church Choir Drive to the Trossachs.
Thirty years separate these two sets of photographs and the obvious comfort of an S.M.T. (Scottish Motor Transport) bus, compared to the horse drawn wagon of earlier days - also the outing to Loch Katrine was much further afield.  In the days before paid holidays, such an event would perhaps be the only outing ordinary people would enjoy. 

Alastair Munro (driver), Mame Weatherstone, Ina Mack, Louden Melrose (organist & choirmaster), Jean Mack, Rev. Peter Wylie, Douglas Aikman, Mary, P. Kerr, Dod White, Melville Purvis, George Chisholm, Jock Fox, Len fox and Mickey Purvis. 

Enjoying themselves - George Young, Bette Denham, Ina Mack, Mag Cumming, 
Mrs Bill Young, Jean Mack, Jock Cumming, Lizzie Burrell, Mary P.Kerr, 
Mary Young and Murial Gibb

From 1929 and the union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church of Scotland, the Parish Church was known as  Ercildoune Church, whilst Earlston United Free church took the name of St. John's. 

The two congregations came together in 1946 to become the present Earlston Parish Church.  


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1 comment:

  1. I don't know if I would fancy travelling far on that crowded wagonette, especially going up and down hills. I imagine you would have to get off and lighten the load. Pat .


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