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Border Union 200th anniversary

THE BORDER Union Agricultural Society celebrated its 200th anniversary in Royal style this week when 500 farmers, landowners and other representatives from the agricultural community met at Springwood Park, in Kelso, for a celebratory lunch.

HRH THE Countess of Wessex receives a copy of the BUAS' bi-centenary history from co-author Charlie Robertson, as the wife of co-author, the late Brian Wain, Mrs Margo Wain and Miss Lucy McCririck, designer of BUAS bicentenary brand, look on
HRH THE Countess of Wessex receives a copy of the BUAS' bi-centenary history from co-author Charlie Robertson, as the wife of co-author, the late Brian Wain, Mrs Margo Wain and Miss Lucy McCririck, designer of BUAS bicentenary brand, look on

This was the start of a special year for the BUAS and guest of honour at the event was HRH the Countess of Wessex, who has agreed to be the bicentenary patron for a string of events which includes the bicentenary Border Union Show on July 26 and 27.

Speakers included local MP and Secretary of State, Michael Moore; local farmers Tom Arnott and John Elliot; journalists Fordyce Maxwell and The SF's Ken Fletcher, plus songs and recitations from the Douglas brothers, Henry and Timmy, respectively. Chairman was Gareth Baird.

Tuesday's lunch marked 200 years to the day since a group of landowners from both sides of the Tweed met at the Cross Keys Hotel, in Kelso, to create a society that would help drive vital improvements in one of the area's most important industries.

Today, farming remains an important part of the Borders' economy, directly employing more than 4000 people, or 8% of the total workforce and the BUAS is still at the heart of this.

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