Gala in 1977

Bob McKendrick

26th October 2011


When a speaker cancelled due to ill health Bob McKendrick, club vice president, offered to fill the date with a photographic presentation ‘Gala in 1977’. This proved to be an excellent suggestion with Bob providing a most interesting and professional presentation based around the photographs in the Border Telegraph throughout 1977.


In the introduction we heard that 1977 was the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee, the year Elvis Presley died, the year Red Rum won his third grand national and the year of Concorde’s first flight from London to New York. Locally Gala won their own sevens then Melrose sevens.


The photographs from the paper covered children’s parties, works dinner dances, Burns suppers, rugby dinners, sports and civic events. We saw HRH Duke of Kent visiting BEPI, Winnie Ewing visiting Oakwood Lodge and the Scottish Sports Council visiting Ladhope Sport and Leisure complex. The retirement of Mr Smith headmaster of Langlee School and the retirement of surgeon Mr Frank after 27years at Peel Hospital were recorded. Keith Chegwin presented children’s TV programme ‘Multi Coloured Swap Shop’ from Netherdale and Golden Lions parachute display team parachuted into a fair at the Academy. Gala versus Melrose cricket match was abandoned due to snow and a flood swept Philiphaugh Bridge away. Gala Operatic Society staged a production of ‘Kiss me Kate’ while the pantomime was ‘Goldilocks’.


Norman Houldsworth gave the vote of thanks.