Gerald takes Callants Club reins

GERALD Adams has spoken of the pride he feels after taking over as Hawick Callants Club’s new president.

The retired high school teacher succeeds local businessman Robert Charters in the position, after being elected at the club’s recent annual general meeting.

He told the Hawick News: “It is a great honour to become president and I’m very proud to follow in the footsteps of some very famous names.”

Mr Adams (pictured), whose teaching career spanned more than 30 years and saw him becoming assistant head at Hawick High and rector at Jedburgh Grammar, joined the Callants Club in 1993 and also became a council member.

But alluding to his new role, the former president and secretary of Hawick RFC said: “I am a Hawick man through and through, and will continue the club’s fostering of our traditions, but also think we have a responsibility to speak out on issues that affect Hawick, such as the Common Good.”

Also at the AGM, Dr Charlie Oliver was appointed vice-president, while John Elliot, Ex-Cornet John Hogg and Colin Blaikie became new members of the council.

It was announced that the principal guest for the annual dinner on Friday, March 2, will be Michael Moore MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland.