Hawick the first stop in TV show’s charity challenge

Matt Baker from The One Show
Matt Baker from The One Show

THE BBC’s One Show will be broadcasting live from the Heart of Hawick next month in front of a local audience of up to 500 people.

It was announced this week that the town is the first stop on presenter Matt Baker’s Rickshaw Challenge in aid of Children in Need, which will see him attempt to cycle from Edinburgh to London in eight days.

And the Hawick News can reveal that following a visit to the town by a BBC team last Tuesday, the Heart of Hawick has been chosen as the location for Matt to cross the first finishing line on his arduous route on Friday, November 11 – in front of a massive TV audience.

Councillor Stuart Marshall said: “I met with researchers and programme organisers last week and was very pleased with the way things went. It’s fantastic that a programme with such a large nationwide audience has decided to come to the town. At our meeting, also attended by Councillor Zandra Elliot, we discussed several locations that could hold such a large audience, but I was delighted to hear this week that the Heart of Hawick is the chosen venue. Staff at both Beanscene and the Heart of Hawick have been magnificent in their offers of help.”

There is also expected to be approximately 31 BBC crew staying in the town overnight.

Councillor Marshall added: “I just hope that the public will turn out in their hundreds to welcome Matt cycling into the town.”

This sentiment is shared by Hawick Provost Ron Smith who has also urged Teries to welcome the presenter and his entourage. And highlighting the opportunity to put Hawick on the map, he commented: “The problem will be to cram all of our selling points into the five minutes available, such as our history, landscape, knitwear, music and sport. It would be a good mental exercise for Teries to think how they would suggest filling that spot, to show the best of Hawick. We need to build on name recognition for the town.”

The next stop on Matt’s route will be Hexham.