Whipman Principals 2024

The Whipman 2024 – Tanny Gill

Born and brought up in Pune, India, Tanny’s journey took him to the UK in 2003. He moved to the Isle of Mull where he started his cheese making career and met his wife, Jill. Tanny is a cheese specialist and works as Director of cheese at Clark’s Speciality Foods based in Penicuik and judges annually at various cheese awards. Calling West Linton home since 2011, Tanny is deeply embedded in the community. Tanny was part of the West Linton Fire Service from 2019 -2023, He is a keen golfer and enjoys playing various sports in the village. Tanny and his family have enjoyed Whipman traditions since first arriving in the village.

 

He has two daughters, India, who was the 2017 Whipman Flower Girl, and Aarti who is a keen participant in the fancy dress and sports events. Tanny also actively participates in the sports day, enjoys the ex-Whipman dinner dances, and even embraced the light-hearted fun of winning “worst dressed man” at the fancy dress event in 2022. This year, however, he sets his sights on a different kind of recognition. With his dedication, community spirit, and love for the tradition he is deeply honoured to take on the esteemed role of Whipman 2024.

 

The Whipman’s Lass 2024 – Jill Gill

Jill is originally from the West Coast of Scotland growing up on the Islands of Islay and Mull. After graduating as a physiotherapist from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, she returned to Mull for a summer. There, she met Tanny, and their journey together began. Jill and Tanny moved to London for a short spell before returning to Scotland. In West Linton they found a community that echoed the warmth and tight-knit spirit of Jill’s island childhood which they now call home. Jill dedicates her professional life to helping others as a Respiratory Physiotherapist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, specializing in chronic lung disease and dysfunctional breathing.

Beyond her clinical work, she finds immense joy volunteering with the 2nd West Linton Rainbows, a Girl Guiding group where she connects with the community’s youngest members. Jill has always treasured the spirit of small-town life. Memories of colourful floats pulled by lorries and tractors during island festival weeks hold a special place in her heart, mirroring the opening Friday of West Linton’s Whipman Week. This tradition holds deep meaning for her, and she cherishes the opportunity for her daughters, India (12) and Aarti (8), to experience it firsthand.

Barony Herald 2024 – Hamish McAllister

Hamish is 11 years old and is in P7 at Newlands Primary School. Hamish lives in West Linton with his Mum, Dad, older Sister Eilidh and pet cats Shadow and Boop.

Hamish likes to play the piano and is a keen gamer. He also enjoys swimming and playing golf. Hamish is a member of Tweed Theatre and loved performing in their panto Aladdin last year.

Hamish enjoys taking part in Whipman every year, especially the fancy dress parade. Hamish is very excited to be chosen as Barony Herald and can hardly wait for this year’s Whipman.

 

Flower Girl 2024 – Charlotte Murgatroyd

Turning 5 in April, Lottie is looking forward to starting at West Linton Primary this year, having enjoyed the last year or so at ELC. Lottie loves spending time with her friends here in West Linton and also visiting her grandparents, cousins and godparents in the holidays.

Some of her favourite things are: ballet, singing, dancing and music as well as jumping in puddles, riding her scooter, dressing up and playing Uno. She enjoys listening to and reading stories. Lottie likes gardening, growing vegetables and has recently started walking the Pentland Hills with Mummy and Daddy.

Lottie can’t wait for Whipman week this year, particularly the fairground rides and races. She will be taking her role very seriously, especially if it involves wearing a swirly dress.”

 

Presenting Lady 2024 – Anne Weir

Anne was born and brought up in Blyth Bridge and attended Kirkurd School and then Peebles High School before working at the Allan Ramsay Hotel in Carlops.

Anne and Stan married in 1971 and lived at Lochurd Farm Cottage where their 2 children were born, Hazel and Kevin. The family then moved to Tarth Crescent in Blyth Bridge.

Anne worked for 28 years as a Home Care Assistant with SBC Social Work.

Anne and Stan arranged Tractor Runs for 17 years for Macmillan Nurses Care. Stan passed away on 4 August 2022 and Anne and family have continued organising the Tractor Run.

Anne is very proud to be the Presenting Lady as her son, Kevin was Barony Herald in 1985.