Future of summer festival is sealed as new committee members sign up

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A NEW-look committee is “excited” about revolutionising the town’s Summer Festival following an annual general meeting this week.

The future of the festival appeared under threat after five committee members resigned and chairman Raymond Wood announced he would step down.

But, three new members – Lorraine Rae, Cameron Robson, and Keith Irvine – were elected onto the committee at Tuesday night’s AGM, and Gerry Monaghan replaced Mr Wood as group leader.

Mr Wood, who will remain part of the 12-strong organising team after four years at the helm, says there is reason for optimism over the festival’s future.

He said: “It was a very productive meeting and we heard some good, fresh ideas for next year.

“The new members will hopefully help take the festival in a new direction. It’s positive that we have new people in. Although it was a blow to lose the five members, the committee is now excited about going forward.”

Mr Monaghan, 58, who has served on the committee for three years, takes over the top job.

And the former golf club captain says that hard work from every committee member can produce the recipe for future success of the festival.

“As a past captain of Hawick Golf Club, I know you need the people around you for it to work,” said Mr Monaghan. “Come January’s meeting, we’re hoping to be able to put plans in place to revitalise the festival. 
My main objective is to improve on what we’ve got. It’s an 
event for the people of the town, and we want them to support it.”

The committee is on the lookout for a minutes secretary and a treasurer. Interested people can get in touch with Graham Ford at ploppyette1@hotmail.co.uk

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 15, at 7pm at the Catholic Church Hall.