Trades splash out on gift for the pool
The Incorporated Trades of Kirkcudbright officially handed over six trees to the town’s swimming pool last weekend.
The gift followed a chance meeting between Deacon Peter Smith and pool boss Colin Wyper who said he was trying to improve the natural environment around the building.
In response, the Incorporated Trades planted three rowan and three birch trees close by in a semi-circle.
Each tree has been dedicated to an individual trade.
A formal handover took place on Friday evening with the deacons in full ceremonial uniform.
The Trades are also in the process of repairing and renovating the town signs from the three main road entrances to Kirkcudbright.
Other ventures include the purchase of bricks for the renovation fund of the former Johnston School, each brick bearing the name of an individual trade, and a beach clean at Abbey Burnfoot, Dundrennan.
In the past two years, the Trades have been boosting their profile in Kirkcudbright.
In addition to their ceremonial roles in the Kirkin’ of the Deacon Convener and the Kirkin’ of the Cornet, Riding of the Marches and Remembrance Sunday, the organisation decided to become more broadly involved in the community, providing support and sponsorship to events.
They run a successful Burns Supper each year, enter a lorry in the summer parade and serve burgers at the tattoo.
Sponsorship is provided for the summer festivities programme, food festival and the Buckland Burnup run.
The Haill Six Incorporated Trades of Kirkcudbright were established in 1425 and have been in continuous existence since. Their role has changed dramatically over the years and has mainly become one of a ceremonial body.
Special branch The deacons with the gifted trees