2012: The year in review (July to September)

JULY

SIX people are arrested in the town during an extensive drugs raid operation throughout the Borders. Addresses in Union Street, Howdenbank, and Duke Street are targeted, as well as properties in Drumlanrig Square, Elm Court, Noble Place, and Glebe Mill Street. Five men, aged 25, 37, 21, 41, and 53, as well as a woman aged 39, are taken into custody and charged with the Misuse of Drugs Act.

FATHER-AND-SON duo Sandy and Rory Bannerman are appointed vice-president and president of Hawick RFC. Town solicitor Rory tells the Hawick News: “I’d like to think in my two years we’ll be in a position to challenge the so-called big guns in Scotland because Hawick is one of the big guns, we’re just reloading our ammunition.” Greg Cottrell is named Greens captain for the 2012-13 season.

LEAH Lauder is announced the winner of the inaugural Hawick’s Biggest Loser competition after losing more than three-and-a-half stone.

TERI Fiona Mackie prepares to carry the Paralympic Torch ahead of the London 2012 games in honour of her disabled cousin. The 69-year-old’s cousin Alan Stewart suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

FOLLOWING a consultation on how local people would like to see flooding tackled in the town, Scottish Borders Council reveals that it is likely to cost between £15million and £90million to protect Hawick against flood events.

AFTER parent company Dawson International goes public with financial difficulties, knitwear company Barrie announces it expects to find a buyer for its Burnfoot operation. Finance director Dave Cooper, commenting on the prospect of 180 jobs being endangered, says: “We would fully expect that a buyer would be found.”

AUGUST

DAWSON International, the parent company of knitwear firm Barrie, moves closer towards administration as its final offer to the Payment Protection Fund is rejected. Shares in the company are suspended, and Barrie managing director Jim Carrie says: “The solution may result in administration.” Local MP Michael Moore describes Barrie as the “jewel in the wreckage” of Dawson. Later in the month, it is reported that more than 200 investors have expressed an interest in purchasing Barrie.

HAWICK’S Summer Festival again proved a huge hit, despite the often inclement weather. The event boasted its usual array of attractions and culminated at Buccleuch Park and the outstanding Party on the Pitch, which was attended by more than 800 revellers.

ST MARGARET’S, the town’s sole denominational school, is set to have its staff halved from two to one. Parents are informed just days before children are set to return to classes following the summer holidays that a recent drop in pupil numbers would result in a single teacher at the Buccleuch Terrace school.

DEREK Kinghorn is found guilty after an eight-day trial at the High Court in Livingston of murdering Brian Mair and is sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.

THERE are scenes of celebration as the Anthony Mundell Memorial Fund reaches its fund-raising target and buys a caravan to be used by carers and their families.

LOCAL trio Libby and James Clegg and Kate Murray prepare for the Paralympic Games at London 2012.

NADIA Cranston is crowned 2012 ‘Weel-Kent Face’ champion after receiving a large portion of the public vote and performing well in fitness tasks run by town gym Think Fitness.

SEPTEMBER

NEWCASTLETON athletes Libby and James Clegg win silver and bronze respectively at the London Paralympics – within an hour of each other. Team Clegg – mum Moira, dad Stuart, siblings and assorted family – watch James finish third in the 100m butterfly before arriving just in time to see Libby gain silver in the 100m and set a new European record.

A CHIP pan fire at the sheltered housing unit at Douglas Haig Court forces the evacutation of residents, some of whom are treated for smoke inhalation. A senior official at Cairn Housing Association, which operates the home, defends the firm’s earlier decision to dispense with a full-time warden.

TOWNSFOLK mourn the passing of local legend Viv Sharp. Reverend Lisa-Jane Rankin told assembled mourners at his church service: “We’ve lost one of Hawick’s great men and gentlemen, but the memories he leaves behind are warm and wonderful.”

RALLY ace Kevin Rae navigates his way to a fourth consecutive Scottish Rally Championship title as he and driver David Bogie seal victory at the Ian Broll Merrick Stages.

LOCAL Catholic priest Kevin Douglas says the loss of the town’s only denominational school would signal a “tragedy”. With a role of just 18, there are concerns its future is under threat.

THE Tour of Britain, featuring British stars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, passes through Denholm and Hawick on day three, with thousands of people lining the streets.

HAWICK Community Council announces plans for a bust of legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren to be erected in Wilton Lodge Park.