Football club’s call for new bridge over Teviot

1972

THE British Legion Housing Association, a body formed to provide sheltered housing accommodation for ex-Servicemen and their families, want to expand their activities into Scotland and they have chosen Hawick for their first venture north of the Border.

Mr W. Hogg, Town Clerk, said they wanted to build in Melgund Place and O’Connell Street after inspecting three possible sites.

ALEMOOR Loch has an excellent potential for trout fishing. This was the news given to Angling Club members by their president, Mr J. Rennie, in his report at the Club’s annual general meeting.

THE Town Council are to consider the construction of a foot bridge over the River Teviot at Mansfield Park. The suggestion for a bridge came from the Royal Albert Football Club and was put before the Development Committee meeting.

Mr H. McCartney, Depute Burgh Surveyor, said a similar suggestion had been made three years ago when the cost of the project was estimated at £8,000. The river was narrowest between the bus terminal in Weensland Road.

1982

ROB Shiel, 26, Beaconsfield Terrace, disc-jockey at the Somewhere Else Bar, has won his way through to the Scottish finals of a competition to find Britain’s top young disc-jockey.

GLADSTONE Knitwear announced yesterday that they are closing their factory at the end of March.

Nineteen employees, including three office staff and sixteen others, mostly female apprentices, will be made redundant and the remaining 67 workers offered jobs at Barrie Knitwear, Burnfoot.

THE Saxhorn Band, who have been criticised by the public for not wearing uniforms at official functions, may get a donation from the Common Good Fund for a set of tunics for their 26 members.

ALTHOUGH the number of Town Hall employees has fallen since September, there are still 12 more on the pay-roll than at the same time last year.

At the District Council Policy and Resources Committee meeting in the Council Chambers on Monday, it was stated that 288 were employed for the quarter ending December, compared with 302 for the previous three months, and 276 during the same period in 1981.

1992

EIGHT primary school boys who attend the Burnfoot Project were presented with special certificates and trophies for personal skill and endeavour at an award ceremony on Monday night.

They all successfully completed their Bridge Award courses which started last September and which are aimed at children too young to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Those who received presentations from Provost Myra Turnbull on Monday were ten-year-olds Darren Anderson, Nicky Bates David McLean, Scott Carter, Kevin Marshall, Jason Lowe, Barry Hayward and nine-year-old Chris Gray.

WORKERS at the Pringle of Scotland knitwear factories in Hawick, Berwick, Galashiels, Earlston and Arbroath have overwhelmingly rejected a “final” pay offer from management.

STORM force winds and driving rain which lashed the Borders during the weekend caused widespread damage and disruption, bringing down hundreds of trees, closing may roads, demolishing garages and greenhouses, and leaving some householders without electricity supplies for up to three days.

2002

LAND on the outskirts of the town is to undergo a dramatic transformation.

As part of a national project, more than 11 acres of forest at Lynwood, which is protected as a site of special scientific interest, is to get a massive facelift in a bid to restore it to its former glory.

Over decades an invasion of non-native beech and sycamore has caused the semi-natural forest of ash, elm, alder, rowan and birch, to become clogged a fall into a state of disrepair.

To combat this growth, selected trees are being felled in parts of the woodland, which in turn will help the native species regenerate.

ARDENT campaigner Mary Beck is considering taking her battle to save Borders College campus to the ballot box.

She fired a warning shot at college bosses when she told a campaign meeting last week that she may stand as a candidate in the forthcoming council election in May.

She told the meeting: “I may well stand because things are just not being done right in the town.”

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