Hawick has staying power - motorhomers

Hawick Haugh car park busy with holiday-makers
Hawick Haugh car park busy with holiday-makers

HAWICK has received glowing reports from visitors to the town.

The Welcome Hosts have been praised by tourists as well as the local shops and parking facilities, especially the area in the Common Haugh reserved for camper vans.

Bernard Durand, from France, said: “We enjoyed very much our stay in late June and thank you for your warm hospitality, especially the kindness of the tourist staff.

“We spent two nights in the car park with our camper van so we spent a lot of cash in your wonderful knitwear shops.”

While Kenny Allison, of Prestonpans, said: “Well done for allowing motorhomes to stay overnight in Hawick, we will be visiting soon and will spend some cash in the town.”

During the Hosts’ tourist season there were 235 camper vans parked overnight in the Haugh, compared to 185 in 2012.

That equates to around 470-500 people, from which a minimum £50 spend per head would have yielded £23,500 for the local economy.

Nigel Hay, of Surrey, said: “Congratulations on being such a progressive and welcoming community.

“Your attitude to motor homes is a wonderful example of how a relationship can be forged and I already know I will be welcome, have a relaxed and enjoyable time and like a true motorhomer respect your facilities and surroundings.”

The scheme is coming to the end of its two-year trial and an appeal is to be made to Scottish Borders Council for it to be extended. Hosts chairman Jack Yallop said: “We’re chuffed to bits with the way the pilot scheme has gone.”

Among future plans up for discussion are the possible inclusion of electricity points, a key to use the toilets overnight, a facility to dispose of toilet waste, and a website which will be available for next year.