2012: The year in review (October to December)

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick tries her hand at carpet bowls during her vist to Hawick Senior Citizens' Association in the Evergreen Hall as part of the first Parliament Day. Looking on are Jock Houston, John Lamont MSP, and HSCA treasurer George Brown
Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick tries her hand at carpet bowls during her vist to Hawick Senior Citizens' Association in the Evergreen Hall as part of the first Parliament Day. Looking on are Jock Houston, John Lamont MSP, and HSCA treasurer George Brown

OCTOBER

THE future of Barrie Knitwear is to be resolved by the middle of the month as parent company Dawson International announces it is in advanced discussions with preferred bidders. Renowned French fashion house Chanel, with a reported bid of £9.6million, is named as the new owner later in the month and president Bruno Pavlovsky assures the 176-strong Burnfoot workforce that there are no plans to relocate Barrie.

KNIFE attacker Neil Davidson is sentenced to four years in jail.

PROPOSALS are revealed to turn the former Diesels into a bike shop and skatepark.

SUPERBIKES star Stuart Easton lends his support to a campaign for a local ‘TT’ event called the Borders Race of the Reivers. Organisers say the event could bring up to £20million to local charities and businesses.

THE death is announced of former Greens and Scotland ace George Stevenson at the age of 79, while town stalwart Norman Graham also passes away following illness.

A SIX-figure refurbishment of the town hall is completed. The £120,000 project saw the false ceiling completely removed to reveal the original Victorian grandeur of the hall.

POLICE launch an appeal after a large quantity of drugs is stolen from the pharmacy at Teviot Medical Practice.

TERIES Nick Bannerman, Ian McLeod and Carol Gilmour are forced to take shelter during visits to New York as Hurricane Sandy strikes the east coast of America.

THE town’s 1514 Club celebrates its 50th anniversary at a special dinner in the town hall.

NOVEMBER

RALLY fans enjoy the three-day Roger Albert Clark Rally, which was based at the Common Haugh.

RESIDENTS of Burnfoot are said to be living in fear, with police promising to increase patrols of the area. Rocks, eggs, and road signs are being thrown at windows in Burnhead Road, which is home to many elderly people.

THE first ever Parliament Day is held in Hawick as members of the finance committee from Holyrood come to the town for a special sitting.

The event includes a wide range of activities with local schools, community groups and business leaders, and is hailed a huge success.

JULIE Forrest wins the Super Singles bowls title at Perth, defying back pain sustained the day before the final to be crowned national champion.

CRUMHAUGH House, which closed in July, is to reopen at a cost of £40,000 to the NHS while refurbishment work is carried out at Huntlyburn House. Plumbing and power supply is reconnected, and the facility is expected to remain functional for just four months.

SCOTTISH Borders Housing Association announces plans for a £500,000 facelift of Myreslaw Court, transforming the former sheltered housing complex into nine family-sized homes. The facility was closed in 2011.

BUILDING firm J. & R. Elliot, founded in 1875, is expected to enter liquidation with the loss of seven jobs after failing to recover a debt of £300,000.

MOTORBIKE ace Stuart Easton receives the annual Provost’s Council Award.

HAWICK Congregational Church is awarded £35,000 from the Climate Change Fund to improve insulation.

DECEMBER

PLANS for a £5million redevelopment of Stonefield take a significant step forward after a legal transfer of all empty properties was completed. Scottish Borders Housing Association is set to refurbish existing blocks and demolish 11 others.

GREENS coach Phil Leck is to assume the same role with the Scotland Club International side. Leck will take charge during two matches, against an Ireland team at Ayr and a French side across the Channel.

THE town is saddened with news of the passing of ex-Acting Father Allan Graham.

LEE McAllister is crowned
the town’s snooker champion for a second successive year after beating Garry Kinnear in the final at the Conservative Club.

HAWICK Pantomime Group’s production of Sleeping Beauty is received to great acclaim.

TERIES Sergeant Raymond Fleming and Lance Corporal Greg Ritchie are part of a group of 1Scots soldiers who return home early from a posting in Afghanistan, providing an early Christmas present for family and friends.

WILTON Lodge Park receives a £2.6million grant from Heritage Lottery, which will be used to return the bandstand to its former glory, conserve existing war memorials and the fountain, and provide a new play park, cafe and footbridge.

EVELYN and Gilbert Sangster resign from the community council.

PUPILS at the high school celebrate a grant of £5,800 from the lottery, which was boosted by a further £1,700 from school coffers, to buy a whole range of specialised exercise equipment.

COMMUNITY leaders hit out at a report which places Burnfoot among the highest areas of deprivation in the Borders.