The Hawick Cornet and chief of the Common-Riding Committee surprised a meeting of the Vision 2014 group by turning up to present a brand new annual award.
The horse statue has been donated by furniture shop owners Bob and Marion Chrystie with their wish for it to become a yearly tribute to a local individual or group who have contributed in an “exceptional way” to the ethos of the town’s customs and traditions.
And with the recipient to be chosen each year by the Hawick Common-Riding committee, Mrs Chrystie says they are thrilled that the first winner was the Vision 2014 group.
She told the Hawick News: “This year’s Big Return event had an amazing effect in Hawick, as it reached so deeply into the community. And we are just delighted that the award went to Vision 2014.”
And Common-Riding Committee chairman Stuart Marshall, who, along with Cornet Ross Gibson, agreed there was no other worthy recipient this centenary year, adding: “The immense hard work the group put in to organising the reenactment at Hornshole will never be forgotten.”
He added: “The Common-Riding Committee are indebted to Chrysties for donating such a beautiful prize. We dropped in unannounced at the Vision 2014 AGM to surprise them, and it was great to see the look on their faces.”