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1973: MRS Ella Potts, 9 Allars Crescent, was presented with the Red Cross Badge of Honour and life membership by the Countess of Minto at the association’s quarterly meeting, held at Dingleton Hospital, Melrose, on Tuesday.

In her speech, Lady Minto remarked on the hard work that Mrs Potts had put into her many years in the branch since the days of the PoW food-packing depot in Hawick, then onto detachment and more recently her service as publicity officer.

She spoke of Mrs Potts’ work with the Red Cross Club, of which she is at present chairman, of the long number of years she had so successfully run the annual sale, and now she had brought this high honour to Roxburghshire, which was encouraging for all.

ANNE Donaldson (22), a former pupil of Trinity, Drumlanrig/St Cuthbert’s and the high school, has graduated M.A. at St Andrew’s University. She is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs C. Donaldson, 19 Bridge Street.

1983: DESPITE being the largest town in the Borders, Hawick is in danger of becoming a forgotten community.

This was spelled out at a heated meeting of the Community Council held in the Council Chambers of Tuesday night.

Councillor W. Douglas said he thought it was diabolical that rateopayers’ money was being wasted on an all-weather track at Tweedbank when an ideal site already existed at Volunteer Park.

He maintained that the cost of providing a covered grandstand, car parking and catering facilities at Tweedbank would mean enormous and unnecessary expense.

Councillor Mrs B. Boyd agreed: “The rest of the Regional Council members feel that the Hawick members are terribly parochial, and cannot understand why we want the track in what they call a hole in the wall like Hawick.

“We can talk until we are blue in the face but because we are at this end of the valley, we get teh thumbs down sign every time.”

1993: THE recent death of Maurice Turnbull (82), 47 Rosebank Road, has removed a respected citizen from the community, well known in sporting circles and one who gav a lifetime of service to our staple industry.

In the words of former Robert Pringle & Son chairman Willie Mactaggart: “Maurice was one of the team that took Pringle to the top of the tree.” His service with the firm extended for 45 years until his retirement in 1970.

Former colleagues have said of him: “He as a good man with fine sens of humour”; “I never heard him speak a bad word about anybody.”

REGION planners are to visit the former Haig Maternity Hospital in Princes Street before deciding to approve its part change of use to a dog breeding unit.

An area of the 20-room building is currently being used to commercial raise toy breeds such as Peckinese, Westies and King Charles Spaniels.

The Health Board recently sold the property to business partners James Robertson and George Paterson who previously bred Angora goats in Aberdeenshire.

2003: TRAVELCARE branches in Hawick and Jedburgh are to close next month with the loss of six jobs.

The move is part of a restructuring move by Lothian & Borders Co-op who own Travelcare.

An employee at the Hawick branch said: “We were phoned on Wednesday and told there would be a meeting at 3pm

“A representative from the Co-op informed us that the travel business was losing money.

“They decided that only four offices met the criteria. This means that the Hawick, Jedburgh, Haddington and North Berwick offices are to close.”

PROVOST Zandra Elliot lead a chorus of three cheers for Hawick Albion on Monday night at the national rugby champions enjoyed a civic reception in their honour.

For the third year in a row, the same team have been successful at their respective age-group championships, and their efforts and the endeavours of their coaches and hard-working committee were warmly applauded at a special reception held in the town hall.

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