Local Associations and Social Interests

pantomime is now an annual event. A further step forward came in 1987 when Tweed Theatre offered Between Mouthfuls in the Borders Scottish Community Drama Association Festival for one-act plays.

It was in April 1988 that Tweed Theatre made dramatic history at the Tontine Hotel. It seems appropriate that the Tontine, whose assembly rooms (now the dining room) owe something to the French Prisoners who introduced theatre to Peebles, should be the venue for an evening of Supper Theatre. This imaginative concept consisted of the Borders premiere of Wha Daur by Howard Purdie coupled with a dinner whose menu reflected the nature of the production, suitably framed in the Border tongue. This new idea seems set fair to become an annual event.

On 16 March 1965, thirty-two people interested in art met in the Park Hotel. It was explained that the idea of having an art club in Peebles was in order to form a body of people interested in art which would meet regularly during the winter months for lectures, discussions, etc, and also encourage and assist the project of regular exhibitions in the Picture Gallery.

The inaugural meeting was held on 9 April 1965, and fifty people attended. The objects have been achieved by holding a programme of winter lectures and by organising an annual Members' Exhibition as well as exhibitions sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council arid Open Exhibitions. In 1989 a junior section was started and their exhibition is held in May each year. In 1989 the membership of the Peebles and District Art Club had reached over ninety.

The imaginative step of first organising an Arts Festival was taken in 1981. Timed to coincide with the close of the International Edinburgh Festival, it is held annually during the first week in September. It is now well established as a local event and given unstinted support by Tweed Theatre, Burgh Silver Band, Ex­Servicemen's Pipe Band, Peebles Folk Club, and the 'Buskers' (drawn from the ranks of the Silver Band). The local children's groups are featured in a children's concert, and the Peebles Singers also have their own concert.