Hogg scores provost’s top award

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HAWICK rugby star and British Lion Stuart Hogg has been announced as this year’s winner of the Honorary Provost Council’s Achievement Award.

The Scotland internationalist and youngest member of this year’s Lions tour can now add the annual accolade to his growing list of accomplishments. And in front of friends and family who had gathered in secret in the council chambers on Wednesday night, the 21-year-old was astonished to learn that he had been chosen for the local honour.

Stuart, who plays for Glasgow Warriors, stated: “I was totally surprised. I thought I was coming home for a family meal, but I was chuffed to bits. It was a huge honour and I was quite overwhelmed.”

Stuart, who returned to Glasgow after the reception, said yesterday: “It’s on the mantelpiece already.”

Having chosen his first recipient of the award, Honorary Provost Stuart Marshall stated: “The Hawick Honorary Provost Council Achievement Award is just that; it’s given annually to someone who has been an outstanding achiever. It’s awarded to someone who has made a huge contribution to our town, and it’s awarded by the Provost Council to thank the recipient and recognise on behalf of our town that individual’s success. And it’s an award that is only given to someone whom this town is quite rightly very proud of. Stuart Hogg is without doubt a very worthy recipient.”