THE Horse monument will be treated to a £10,000 facelift to mark the historic Common-Riding celebrations of 2014.
The project to return the 1514 Memorial back to its original condition is being undertaken by the Ancient Order of Mosstroopers, to not only celebrate the 500th anniversary of Hornshole – but also commemorate 100 years since it was unveiled.
The club is currently raising funds to be able to hire professional sculptors to restore the lifesize bronze structure, and committee member Alan Brydon says it is hoped they can return the iconic symbol to its former glory.
He told the Hawick News: “The Horse has undergone annual coating and polishing such that the original colour and definition has gradually been masked. It will be the first time in living memory that that the Horse will have been restored to how it was when it was first unveiled. In doing so, the club will be commemorating two important events. And we are giving it a 100th birthday present, for which support from the public has been terrific so far.”
The refurbishment of the Horse, sculpted by Hawick-born William Beattie, will be undertaken by the various coatings being specially removed, and protection for future years applied.
And Mosstrooper Alan revealed that a test trip of the process was carried out this year during the monument’s annual clean-up ahead of the Common-Riding, with “wonderful” results.
As part of the fundraising campaign the Mosstroopers are staging a Scocha concert in the town hall next Saturday night, with tickets available at ILF Imaging at the Sandbed or online from redshedtickets.com
A further series of events are planned, including a Three Peaks Challenge over Ben Nevis, Sca Fell and Snowdon.
Further details on the club website at www.mosstroopersclub.com