Lanark faces shortage of £1 notes - video

No fewer than 37 of Lanark’s older citizens lined up to claim the crisp £1 note that now forms part of the traditional custom of the Het Pint.

A bequest, or mortification, laid down centuries ago has evolved into a Het Pint - a glass of hot mulled wine - for all who turn up to the short ceremony in the Tolbooth on January 1 each year to toast the Royal Burgh, and the £1 note for those who want to claim their share of the bequest.

Leonard Gray welcomes guests and claimants to the Het Pint in Lanark on New Year's morning.  (Picture Sarah Peters)

Leonard Gray welcomes guests and claimants to the Het Pint in Lanark on New Year's morning. (Picture Sarah Peters)

But it is getting more difficult each year to find enough £1 notes, especially as the numbers claiming - in what is now a highly social event - grow each year, and the banks are apparently destroying the £1 notes in circulation!

Those attending this year included a couple visiting from Australia, and Dorothy Humphries Smyth who was brought up in Lanark but has lived for the last 35 years in Toronto. She was attending her first Het Pint and happily joined the claimants to receive a £1 note from Eleanor McLean, a member of the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council which organises the event.

Follow the link for a brief taste of the Het Pint.