Another great year but extra cash for kids leads to Vertish Hill loss

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LAST year’s Vertish Hill Sports made a loss of almost £150, writes Gavin Gibbon.

The deficit was revealed at the committee’s recent annual general meeting and compares to an £845 profit in 2009.

However, the loss was largely down to the increase in money given out to children who completed the traditional procession up to the Vertish Hill.

Secretary Frank Scott told the Hawick News: “We decided to raise it from £2 to £3 last year because we thought we could sustain it. That brought in an extra 80 kids and so we managed to lose just £150.”

The total cost of staging last year’s event was £4,093.29.

There were 470 kids taking part in the Sports, which for the second year in succession, was blessed with sunny, summer’s weather.

In his report, president Charlie Douglas said: “Let us hope for a good turnout this year and that the sun shines on everybody at the Vertish.”

Mr Douglas also paid tribute to all those who make the event possible.

He added: “We must say a huge thank you to the Saxhorn and Scout bands, the dancers, police, Evergreen Hall and golf club.

“Also thanks to the Cornet and his Lass for their attendance and for awarding the prizes, this is now becoming a welcome regular occurrence.

“Also everyone who donated to the Sports, large or small, and a special mention to our two collectors Jim Coltman and Tony Wilson.

“It always amazes me, even in these recessionary times, they can still tap into the good will of the people of Hawick.”