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1975: Spending plans of £794,194 for building and demolition work in the town were approved at the District Council meeting on Monday and further expenditure items, totalling over £190,000, have been remitted to the Policy and Resources Committee. Mr W. Hogg, chief executive, explained that all plans for expenditure already approved by Town Councils, now had to be vetted by the District Council before borrowing permission was sought. The Council instructed Mr Hogg to compile a list of expenditure plans from the other existing authorities in the District to enable the Committee to judge each project on its merit.

1985: At Monday’s District Council meeting in the Council Chambers, local general practitioners were blamed for holding up new health centre plans for Hawick. The Borders Health Board has identified Rodono Mill site as a possible location for a central medical centre but the development is subject to the agreement of general practitioners who are presently giving “preliminary consideration” to the outline proposals. At Monday’s meeting, however, Councillor R. Campbell criticised the continuing delays and commented: “It is the doctors who hold the key to this development and they don’t appear to be moving very fast.”

1995: Two puils of the Hawick-based Marshall School of Dancing, Laura Tait (16), Orchard Terrace; and Kathryn Steen (14), Salisbury Avenue, were featured in a recent breakfast time television programme screened nationally on GMTV. The show on December 30 celebrated ‘A Scottish Hogmanay’ and also included Pipe, Fiddle and Ceilidh Bands. An outside broadcast unit screened the entertainers ‘live’ from the Castle Inn Hotel at Greenlaw.

2005: Probably Hawick’s second most famous horse, ‘Rupert’, celebrated his 30th birthday recently. Owner Judith Murray threw a big bash for the birthday boy, which attracted more than 45 friends and family to Rupert’s home at Longbaulk Stables. Food and drink was provided for everyone including the birthday boy, but it is not known if any games, including ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ were played.