Cairn commemorates Legion anniversary

Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland Hawick branch committee and guests at the new cairn
Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland Hawick branch committee and guests at the new cairn

A CAIRN has been placed before the Boer War Memorial to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion Scotland by Field Marshal the Earl Haig.

The Hawick branch of the organisation felt it was important to mark the occasion and, with help from Scottish Borders Council and the community council, unveiled the cairn at a special ceremony on Monday night.

A short service, conducted by the Reverend Neil Combe, was held to dedicate the cairn and to hand it over to the safe keeping of the people of Hawick.

The cairn was built by David Bunyan, of Selkirk, who previously worked on Melrose Abbey, Stilring Castle and Aikwood Tower.

It was accepted from Hawick branch president Jim Anderson by Honorary Provost Ron Smith in front of a gathering of invited guests and members of the public. Branch chairman, Jim Coltman told the Hawick News: “It is hoped this gift will enhance the views in the park and will remind people of the ongoing and necessary work of the Royal British Legion Scotland.”