Appeal ahead of meeting to thrash out future of twinning

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A RALLYING call has been issued for members of the public of all ages to get behind a final attempt to save the town’s twinning relationship with Bailleul, writes Sarah Williamson.

A special meeting has been arranged by Hawick Community Council in a bid to halt the demise of the bond with the French town, which after four decades has been reduced to only a handful of people taking part – with last year’s exchange trip being cancelled due to a lack of interest.

Following a request by Provost Ron Smith for the community council to gauge public opinion on the future of the town’s twinning, community councillor Evelyn Sangster told the Hawick News: “We’ve spoken to various local groups and there has been dialogue with Bailleul, and there is a willingness for things to move forward. We want to do what we can to help, and it may be that it is just time for some new faces to get involved. We invite everyone to come along.”

The meeting will be held in the Future Hawick office on Tuesday at 7pm.