Last night Mark and Bishop Ella had an early bed. Nigel and I went to Kirk Yetholm because it was a very special place for the Lammases. Nigel recalls with great joy the link between Kirk Yetholm and his very existence. On Easter Monday 1955 Catherine Marjorie Coates and Fredric Alexander Lammas were married at St John’s Parish Church in New Castle and drove to the Boarders Hotel in Kirk Yetholm for their honeymoon. Nigel cherishes the memory of this particular day as it must have been heard by Nigel as a moment of pure joy.
We walked into the hotel and were greeted by this man, larger than life. We went to the barmaid and I said, you must listed to this story before you serve us. The man joined the story telling. Nigel narrated the story with great gusto and the couple were moved to tears of joy as it transpired that their story was deeply intertwined with the story of Nigel’s parents.
Nigel told the honeymoon story and the story of his father in the Royal Air Force flying supply planes and his work in the area afterwards. James who was at the bar told the story of his grand father who worked in the same place as Nigel’s dad. A new bond was emerging. James Giacomo Norman Borin’s father was a Borin from Italy and he talked with passion about ‘Borin’ which comes from Bora, the wind for surfing.
The story continues …