Bill bust delayed to early next year

A COMMEMORATIVE bust of legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren is likely to be installed early next year at Wilton Lodge Park.

It was hoped the £5,500 bronze sculpture would be unveiled this month, but there has been a delay in delivery of materials required to form a plinth at a newly-landscaped area at the park, near existing statues of motorbike aces Steve Hislop and Jimmie Guthrie.

Marion Short, chair of Hawick Community Council, said work on the site would begin as soon as the weather permits. “I think we had hoped it would be 2012 for the unveiling but we’re now looking at 2013,” said Mrs Short. “The builders are still awaiting delivery of the materials, but it is hoped that they might start work soon.”