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visitors from over the Border and elsewhere. These two displays were presented also as part of Peebles Arts Festival in September 1984. Entitled 'Wine and Roses, Plants and Posies' - a slide show with a lively commentary - this event turned out to be a social occasion. Floral pedestals decorated the Parish Church Centre, wine and savouries were served, produce stalls did brisk business.

Since 1955 the club has provided the flowers for making what have come to be known as the 'Beltane Bouquets' for Queen and Maids. This pleasant activity is carried on, invisible from the populace outside watching the Friday night fancy dress parade, 'on the nicht afore the morn' . A chaplet to be worn by the uncrowned Queen, the bouquet which she carries and which is later given to the Crowning Lady, the six posies to be carried by the Maids of Honour, are delivered to their homes. In the past two years silk flowers have been requested, so that mementoes may be handed down to posterity. So the 'Beltane Bouquets' need not be made now at the last minute and the parade can be watched by the ladies of the Floral Art Club!

TWEED THEATRE
There has been a tradition of theatrical performance in Peebles since the French Napoleonic Prisoners introduced the burgesses of the royal burgh to Racine and Moliere in 1811. In Victorian times a local company existed. In the manner of the times they offered both 'Peebles Amateur Darkies', musical soirees and dramatic plays. Before the First World War, the Peebles Players had been founded, amongst the principals being J. Walter Buchan and Dr Clement B. Gunn and later William Crichton. The company thrived until the late 1950s when the attraction of television caused the demise of the company.

It was fitting, therefore, that a new theatrical company should be founded on 29 March 1980, to be known as Tweed Theatre. Amongst the founder members were Paul Taylor, Marion Ewart, Lilani Ashmole, Peter Anderson, Joan Harvey, Chris Carney, Andrew Macnaughton, Sandra Marshall and Wilson McCay.

The first venture in 1980 comprised three one-act plays: Careful Rapture, After Midnight Before Dawn and Irresistible Albert. By 1981 Blithe Spirit had been attempted. By 1982 the company were taking part in the Peebles Art Festival with great success. In 1983 pantomime was introduced when Dick Whittington was presented;

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