This week’s Berwickshire
is disappointing in that Sheriff Kevin of Duns had a boring week dealing with some humdrum crimes-wife beating, drunken driving, assault –making nice peaceful Berwickshire sound like most other places. Only intriguing case was that of a ‘Portuguese man frightened girls’. Apparently this ‘worker’ approached 5 girls in Duns over a two month period ‘placing them in a state of fear’. Aged between 14 and 19 they were invited to accompany him to his flat-one with the ‘promise of a ring’. He was released on conditional bail pending a trial next October but arrested by immigration officers as he left the dock. Not his day.
More promising for future rants is the start of Coldstream Civic Week with the appointment of the 'Coldstreamer' , his 'right hand man' and 'left hand man'. This is the preliminary to the annual Flodden Field ritual when a number of horse people, led by the Coldstreamer, ride out to the battle field and return with the ceremonial sod to be added to the already large collection in Coldstream itself. A distinguished personality gives the 'Flodden Oration' which is always worth a read and will be carefully scanned by Huttonian for any evidence of ethnic bias.