A calendar for 2017 with the theme of ‘Haddington Old and New’ has been produced by Haddington Pipe Band – and it will be officially launched at the opening of an exhibition of the photos at the Loft Cafe this Saturday (8 October) at 10.30am.
The 13 photos - ten from Haddington and others from East Linton, Gifford and Pencaitland - have all been created using 19th and 20th century photos sourced from the archives at the John Gray Centre and then merged with new photos taken at the same places by professional photographer Nick Callaghan. Among the shots are the long-gone Bothwell Castle in the Hardgate, the train accident of 1937, the High Street in 1895, St Mary’s Kirk before (and after) its renovation, the ford at the Nungate Bridge, the 1927 flood, and the motor engineers’ garage in East Linton in the 1920s.
“For this year’s calendar, we have drawn on old photographs and sought to create a window into the world of those who lived in our community in these times by staging new photographs of the same locations and blending them with the old scenes,” said Alastair Bruce, chairman of the band.
“The final images, we believe, not only highlight the developments in or the constancy of our environment and built heritage, but also allow us to share space, and seemingly time, with our predecessors. These are not ghosts from the past but real people who walk the same pavements, work in the same streets, sit in the same resting places, and cross the same river.
“We are extremely grateful to the many businesses who have sponsored the production. We are also very grateful to our superb photographer Nick Callaghan – the quality of his work is there for all to see in the calendar and exhibition. And the support of the John Gray Centre, in particular local history officer Bill Wilson, was invaluable.”
This year’s cover photo draws on a photo of Court Street in Haddington in 1910, with the modern photo capturing members of the pipe band as well as the work of the award-winning community organisation, Blooming Haddington.
The exhibition will open at the Loft in the town’s Peffers Place on Saturday morning, with the band playing to mark the occasion. The exhibition will run at the Loft until after Christmas.
The calendar, meanwhile, will shortly be on sale for £5 at various shops, libraries and other outlets - including the Loft - locally. It can also be purchased online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All funds raised from this calendar will be used to pay for tuition, instruments, uniforms and other initiatives which help the band to develop and make a positive contribution to the town and the community.