Alan was born in nearby Penicuik, 40 odd years ago, attending Sacred Heart Primary School then St David’s High in Dalkeith. Alan has always had a great passion for football hence the nickname ‘Poacher’ and played for many amateur teams since the 1980’s – Tweeddale, Penicuik Rovers and Dalmore to name a few. He still enjoys the game, both watching Hibernian and also playing and coaching for Linton Hotspur. His other passions are skiing, golf and a wee pint in the local.
Alan is a partner in a Joinery and Building business, which has been running for over 18 years.
He is a very proud Dad of 3 wonderful kids, Ryan, Katie and Logan.
He is extremely honoured to be chosen as the Whipman for 2013.
Susan was born in Edinburgh and moved to Penicuik at a very young age. She attended Cornbank Primary and Penicuik High School. Susan met Alan in 1987 at a Football dance and they married in 1989. After moving to West Linton in 1994, she started her own Little Monkeys Childminding Business and has looked after many local children over the years.
She has been Chair of both the Toddler Group and Playgroup committees and has been Leader of ‘Lion’ Cub Scout Pack since 1996.
Susan has a love of hiking and has trekked along the Great Wall of China, in The Grand Canyon and to Everest Base Camp in aid of Charity.
She is presently studying towards a BA/BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics with the Open University.
Barony Herald 2013 – Jack Farrand
I live in Lamancha with my mum and dad and sister, Kitty.
I go to Newlands Primary school and have lots of friends.
I love football, basketball and rugby.
I have always wanted to be Barony Herald so can’t wait.
Flower Girl 2013 – Lily Doyle
Lily is five years old and lives in Hazlieburn just outside West Linton with her mum, dad and brothers William and Charlie.
Lily likes to play on her rope swing, play with her dogs and help mummy with the pigs.
Lily’s favourite food is “stinky cheese” and spaghetti.
Lily loves Whipman week and is very excited about being flower girl.
Presenting Lady 2013 – Janette Blackwood
Janette, a Barrhead girl, moved to West Linton in 1974 after living in Penicuik for 7 years. She and her late husband Bill, the late Alan, Stuart, Kirsten and the only Lintonian, Lynsey, settled into village life at Treetops, the Loan.
Janette has been an active member in the Drama Club, art shop and was a church choir member for many years. Her 15 minutes of fame came in 1991 when she was the first recipient of an award introduced by Tweeddale District Council for outstanding achievement, with an army of volunteers, in building a much needed facility for teenagers – TAG.
Janette wishes the Whipman and Lass a happy reign, and the villagers another happy Whipman time.