President Sandy Bannerman presided over last week’s Rotary Club meeting and welcomed John Petlock, Pennsylvannia, who is on an exchange visit to Hawick through St Mary’s Parish Church and was the guest of Ron Sutherland.
The speaker was Derek Ingles who gave an interesting talk on his day out at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park. The athletics started at 6pm and they saw the men’s and women’s 200m semis and final as well as the discus, hurdles and para events.
Everything went like clockwork and the atmosphere was electric, backed up by the famous Hampden roar. Derek also saw his friend Samantha Kinghorn competing in her wheelchair event. The medal ceremonies were emotional and impressive.
Derek, in his inimitable style, took members in spirit to the games in his talk and, after questions, Gus Neilson gave the vote of thanks.