Bamburgh WI, Litter pick

View of Bamburgh'Picture Jane Coltman
View of Bamburgh'Picture Jane Coltman

Members of Bamburgh WI took to the streets for their annual Bamburgh village litter pick.

The Keep Britain Tidy national campaign started by the WI in 1954 is very important in the village, where institute members provide voluntary service to their community by keeping their area ‘spick and span’ for residents and the numerous visitors before the Christmas lights switch-on.

A large clear up of leaves from the pavements surrounding the Grove area of the village meant that pedestrians could access the local shops more safely.

And the pavements in front of the many catering establishments were cleared of cigarette butts, despite these premises having special containers to collect this particular litter.

After a wet and windy time working in the village area, the members were rewarded by the Castle Inn with much-needed hot and delicious cups of coffee, for which they were extremely grateful.


Musician to the stars

When Martin Collum started playing music he was a failure. Today he can look back on a career in which he has played the organ for top stars. He spent 15 years working with Liberace and accompanied Diana Ross.

 A resident of Scremerston since 2004 and now running a local music group, he was guest speaker at Berwick Rotary Club.

 He told how he had taken unsuccessful piano lessons and after graduating obtained employment in hotel catering. He taught himself to play by ear and eventually obtained a job working between the United States and Britain.

 He played with The Bay City Rollers, The Tremeloes, David Bowie and Sir Cliff Richard, as well as Cannon and Ball, Ken Dodd, Bernard Manning and Les Dawson.

 It was a pleasure for him to stay in Scremerston and he was thrilled with the wealth of talent in the area.

 Club president Chris Budzynski received a cheque for £220 from Greaves, West and Ayre towards the appeal to renew the Berwick Christmas tree lights, and £250 from St Andrew’s Wallace Green Benevolent Fund.