Saturday, 26 November 2011

Auld Langholm The Third Yin

When I look outside at the atrocious weather these Dog Daisies cheer me up.

Atrocious Weather
As today's weather was atrocious I decided to start preparing Matt Ewart's slides for entry into the Langholm Archive Website. I've held these back for a couple of years as I new there would be an Auld Langholm Show  in the Buccleuch Centre's program this winter and wanted Billy and Big Deev to use them in their presentation before I put them onto the website.

We've got a bit of a problem!
After hours of resizing, renumbering and things you do to prepare the slides for the web, there was a knock on the door at about 3:30pm. Big Deev.  "er!!    hi Sandy can you help us oot, we've got a bit of a problem? "What's the problem David?" I replied. It turned out they needed a laptop that ran Microsoft Office 2010 which by luck I had a trial version running on my laptop. "Whew!!!!!!" said David " Thank God for that".  So I followed him down to the Buccleuch Centre and seen it was running OK in preparation for tonight's show. (if you want the full story of what really happened behind the scene's ask Big Deev himself,  but don't mention it to Jen ) 

Witty Ad Libbing
This is the third Auld Langholm that Billy Young and David McVittie have put on over the past few years. They prove very popular with the local community and play to full houses and raise a substantial amount of money for local causes which the Archive Centre is always included, for which we are very grateful. Their wit and timing would give other not so famous duo's such as Ant & Dec something to think about. The night went fine apart from the usual little hiccup, which adds to some witty ad libbing.

Archives Latest Project
Near the end they kindly announced the Archive's latest project involving 8mm home movie film reels that are currently getting processed and showed a clip I made of the 1960 Common Riding. It went down very well, but unfortunately it lost quite a bit quality on the big screen, and also the music I set to it didn't play, so some of the impact was lost. I've loaded it onto this blog so hopefully it will play OK and give you a taste of what's to come. 

Through the Tunnel
I was also pleased to see Terence Froud and friends who came all the way from Hawick to see what we are up to " through the tunnel" as Billy Young calls the distance between Hawick and Langholm. They were very impressed.  

Something's Afoot
I've got a sneaking feeling there is something afoot in the not too distant future. It is rumoured a battle will commence between Auld Langholm and Auld Hawick. Definitely a night to look forward too. (Don't mention it to Jen) 


  1. Great video Sandy and much better on the small screen. Who is the singer? I suspect it could be Nellie Turk but may be wrong.

  2. I'm pleased you liked the video. The Singer is Marion Rogers.

  3. Excellent movie. They gave you a good plug the night that I was in.

  4. Hi Sandy,
    I've just watched this through the link on Mr. Tootlepedal's blog. I loved it! I rememeber Andy Morgan as Cornet very well and enjoyed seeing many faces I know well. Thank you !

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