Two recent donations to DDHS from members Andrew and Margaret Ashton are interesting documents, relating firstly to the 1953 coronation and secondly to a reference from 1929. These are accompanied by a photo of a gathering of employees at Barneyhill.
The East Barns coronation party
The photo below – best enlarged – shows details of the “Drawings and Expenditure” relating to the coronation celebrations in East Barns in 1953. East Barns lies c2km east of Dunbar and was once a hamlet in which agricultural workers on nearby farms lived. The site of the hamlet is now part of the Tarmac Cement works, with the houses disappearing after the building of the cement works in the 1960s. You can read an interesting history of East Barns on the John Gray website here. The party at East Barns obviously involved people from nearby farms and hamlets as collections were made in Skateraw, Oxwell Mains and the three Pinkertons. The sum raised – £102 in 1953 is remarkable as that is worth over £3,500 in today’s money, so there must have been a very well organised committee. There is no mention of individual donations but presumably the wealthy local farmers would have been approached to make larger donations than most people could afford to give. This is a fascinating document and we are lucky that it has survived. You can read more about East Barns in the early 1950s here.
East Barns party (Click on all photos to enlarge – recommended)