Whipman 2017 Principals

Rob Norris
Whipman 2017 – Rob Norris

Rob moved to West Linton in 2003, having spent his formative years on the West Coast. He studied Accountancy at Lancaster University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. He works for the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Rob married Becs in West Linton in 2013. He has two children, Andrew & Lucy, and two step-children, Conor and Abigail. Rob and Becs have chosen West Linton as their home, with all their children having attended both West Linton Primary and Peebles High School.

Rob is extremely honoured to be Whipman as he is a keen supporter of The Whipman Play and the strong local community. He follows the Linton Hotspurs, is a member of West Linton Golf Club, and enjoys socialising with his many good friends in the village. He keeps active by playing squash, golf, cycling and more recently horse riding!

Whipman's Lass 2017 - Becs Norris
Whipman’s Lass 2017 – Becs Norris

Becs is a farmer’s daughter from Yorkshire and came to Scotland in 1989 to study Psychology at Stirling University. She moved to West Linton with her two children, Conor and Abigail, in 2007. They met Rob, Andrew and Lucy shortly afterwards. Becs is happiest when their family home is full to the brim, cooking and spending time together. She also enjoys playing netball for Linton Reivers Netball Club, cycling and walking with friends.

She is an Employee Wellbeing Consultant and also works part-time at West Linton Health Centre, she loves being part of this wonderful team at the heart of our Community.

Becs is delighted and honoured to be Whipman’s Lass and is looking forward to representing our Community across the Borders and beyond.

Barony Herald 2017 – James Hodgkiss
Barony Herald 2017 – James Hodgkiss

James is 12 years old and has lived in Lamancha all his life with his parents and younger sister Louise. A P7 pupil at Newlands Primary School, James participates in a wide range of activities including: Boys Brigade, Linton Hotspurs and School basketball. His main passion however is all things rugby, playing for West Linton Lions and Peebles Piranhas and in the garden whenever there’s a spare moment! James passed his junior beekeeping exam last year and enjoys helping his Dad with their bee hives.

James has always enjoyed the Whipman and all the activities that go along with it and is very excited to be the Barony Herald.

Flower Girl 2018 – India Gill
Flower Girl 2018 – India Gill

India is 5 years old and lives in West Linton with her Mummy, Daddy and little sister Aarti. She attends West Linton ELCC and loves doing all kinds of arts and crafts. She particularly likes to paint and does so at any opportunity.

India loves to dance and enjoys going to dance class on Wednesdays at West Linton Primary School. She also loves dressing up and playing with her friends. One of India’s favourite things is wearing pretty dresses. She is very much looking forward to being Flower Girl this year.

Presenting Lady 2017 – Mrs Peggy Wills
Presenting Lady 2017 – Mrs Peggy Wills

Peggy was born at High Glengall Farm, Ayr where her father was Farm Manager to Rozelle Estate. Educated at Alloway Primary School and Ayr Academy, she took part in most sports being the House Captain, Hockey Captain and Head Girl in her nal year. Her family moved to Castle Mains, Sanquhar in 1947 where she worked at home and on the farm. She joined Mennock WI, was involved for 14 years with Thornhill Young Farmers Club and started the Sanquhar Lifeboy Team.

Peggy met her late husband John at Blyth Bank and they married in 1962 living at Romanno Bridge before moving to Sunnyside, Netherurd in 1964. Peggy has 4 sons, 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandsons and a great grandson. Peggy has been involved with various organisations – Poppy Convenor for Kirkurd Parish, Kirkurd WI, the Guild, Peebles Presbyterial Council, Community Council, Christian Aid, the local Mothers and Toddlers Group and Castle Craig Cubs. She was recently awarded the Silver Acorn from the Scout Association for services to Scouting and is on the Advisory Committee for recruiting new Leaders. Peggy enjoys knitting and gardening but most of all enjoys her family.