Trades splash out on gift for the pool

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Stephen Nor­ris

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

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