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1975

The annual exodus of Teries begins tomorrow (Friday) as the Trades Holiday fortnight gets under way.

Once more, Spain is the favourite destination for those who intend spending the holiday fortnight abroad, with Majorca a close second.

During Monday’s thunder storm which interrupted the recent spell of warm weather, .84 inches of rainfall was recorded at Wilton Lodge Park - over half the 1.34 inches which fell in the last month. Despite the break in weather conditions, temperatures are still high and 69 degrees was recorded on both Sunday and Monday with 63 degrees on Tuesday.

Four schoolgirls from the Mayfield area have donated almost £17 to the Drumlanrig Hospital mini-bus fund. The youngsters are, Tracy Richardson, Ruth Nichols, Kim Elliot and Debbie Hislop. This, the girls’ third such donation, was the proceeds of a jumble sale.

1985

Trade Union officials have rejected a 6.5 per cent pay offer from the Hawick Knitwear Manufacturers. Association and are to hold further discussions on August 7.

The town has been dealt a jobs blow with the news that Lacre engineering firm, based at Burnfoot is to close at the end of August.

All eight employees have been offered alternative employment at the firm’s factory at St Alban’s near London.

Annually the British Heart Foundation has a National Slimming Campaign and this year, four Hawick bus men, Rob Lockie, George Burney, Dick Bell and Alec Stewart, along with Lee Young took up the challenge and raised £178 for heart research.

District Council manual workers carried out 9115 hours of overtime in 1984-85 which was a reduction of 445 hours on the previous year.

1995

The town has suffered another employment blow with the news that Fios Systems, Burnfoot is to close in September. It is understood that 15 jobs will be lost although senior management were unavailable for comment this week despite repeated calls from the Hawick News.

It is believed that another 10 jobs will go at sister company Fios Windows, also undergoing rationalisation. The Fios organisation had already made several local employees redundant last autumn.

Following the decimation of the local rabbit problem by disease, they are now making a comeback.

The pests are seen regularly in local gardens where they eat the tops of bedding plants and even roads in the centre of town are included in their habitat.

A £100 figurine was stolen from the Teviotdale Design shop, Buccleuch Street, last week.

2005

Local sculptor Bill Landles is threatening to ‘withhold’ his James Thomson statue until he is give assurances that it cannot be targeted by vandals.

The 80-year-old former High School art teacher has this week voiced concerns that the bronze statue that he has crafted in honour of the new bridge’s namesake will be damaged as a result of a proposed retail development in the same area.

The Horse monument will be disturbed by workmen once again, following a council report which deems the latest work “unsatisfactory”.

Councillor Mary Beck told the Hawick News: “The Horse is very dear to every Teries heart and someone has to put their hand up and take responsibility for this work and questions need to be answered.”