Come join us to celebrate the coming of the New year at the Haddington Corn Exchange. Acts include David Currie, The Avenue, Logans Close and headline act the Bag Rockers. Full Bar service, Photo booth and dancing through the bells. £25 per ticket…limited number of tables for up to 10 available (pre-booked tables must be seated by 8.30pm or tables will be given away). Doors open 7.45pm, bags and Id’s will be checked. If tickets are being bought for anyone under 18 (16-18 years of age) they must be purchased by adult (over 18) who is accompanying them. Tickets available from Tickets... read more
Saturday 9th December 2017 at 6:30pm Tickets on Sale now on the TICKETS PAGE Tickets are £5 per adult and £3 per child. This year’s Panto is Aladdin brought to you by Haddington Events Group and Chaplins Pantos. Packed solid with comedy, excitement and adventure, the children will love to cheer their hero Aladdin and boo the evil Abanazar. They will roar with laughter at the antics of WisheeWashee and Widow Twanky and gasp with amazement... read more
Thanks to… The following people and organisations need to be thanked for their support in this Project – Haddington and District Community Council Sean Cockburn Blacksmith – Cousland Haddington Pipe band Alexander Pollock Engravers – Haddington East Lothian Council, particularly Stuart Pryde Police Scotland The Rev John Cairns, temporary minister at St Mary’s Les... read more
The Thistles The Thistles were commissioned from Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, based in the Cousland smiddy. Each Thistle is handmade, so every one has a unique characteristic. On receipt of each Thistle, they are then painted in an oil based gloss black, with the top of each Thistle coloured Purple to reflect the real plant. If you wish to purchase a Thistle for your personal use, Sean is offering copies for sale directly from his Smiddy at Cousland. Note the copies will not have a mounting bracket option. Sean can be contacted through his Facebook page by searching for ‘Sean Cockburn Blacksmith’ or use this link Sean Cockburn Blacksmith. The photo shows the first Thistle in place – Adam Cranston’s – committed on Monday 13th November... read more
Additional detail on the Project. The Thistles were commissioned through Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, Cousland Smiddy, and are hand crafted in a base metal. Each Thistle will also show their Soldier’s name on a polished brass nameplate. The engraved nameplate is being manufactured by Alexander Pollock, Precision Engravers, Haddington. Each Soldier’s procession, starting at 3pm each on the day, will include the Burgh Flag, a Piper, a representative from the Community Council and the Thistle Carrier – members of the public are also welcome to join each procession. Family descendants of the Soldier being commemorated will be given priority to carry his Thistle. The names webpage contains each Soldier’s details and also shows where each Soldier’s starting place will be, either their last known address of their connection to Haddington* or, where this is not known or they are recorded as being from outside Haddington Town, the starting place will be St Mary’s War memorial. * The starting point is determined by their last connection to Haddington – this could be their home or family address or the address where their parents were sent notification of their death (although the Solder may have lived outside Haddington) . The Project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the research carried out by Alastair Shepherd, Gifford. Alastair published a book in 2013, The Haddington War Memorial 1914 – 1918, which records the war records of each of the 130 names on the War memorial. Haddington Community Council are indebted to Alastair for this research. Although this section is impersonal, I feel it’s worth listing some key points that have come out of the research – No... read more
Haddington 700 formally starts on Saturday at noon at the John Gray Centre. Provost John McMillan will perform the opening ceremony by unveiling the 1318 Charter. This will be followed by several activities including ones for the children.
This year-long event celebrates the 700 year old Charter from Robert the Bruce, giving Haddington Burgh status, which meant it could manage its own market trading.
More detail on all the activities planned for the year are available from the official Haddington 700 website - with the emphasis on Haddington's history.
Mrs Agnes Laird of Laird's the Bakers, on the town's Market Street, passed away on the 29th Dec, aged 92. Agnes and Joe were old neighbour of ours, just after they retired, so knew them personally as well. Condolences to the family.
The photos show Laird's the Bakers on its last day, Saturday 19th December 1992.
What I like about this photo is that there are names with it, and its location can be identified by the house in the background.
The photo was labelled "Fancy dress group for new cottage hospital (aka Roodlands) circa 1927. “
The house in the background confirms this was taken in the field off West Road, looking towards Letham Drive. Note that the house in the background still has the vertical patterns below its eaves, some 91 years later.
The names are, left to right - Cathie Johnson, Peggy Dickson, Bessie Baillie (worked at courier), Violet Robertson (market gardens), Margaret Mack (gladsmuir), Jean Mclean (Caldale), Betha Sirrel (Peffers Place), ?, Lizzie Young