Police cause amusement

I see from last week’s paper that the police are now going to target boy racers in the town which I think is a good thing. But I do find it amusing that they are even attempting to catch moving vehicles when they can’t do anything about stationary ones which are double-parked and causing an obstruction in Orchard Terrace!

R. KOHLER

ON behalf of the organisers of the Youth International Dance Festival, we would like to say thanks to all those who supported the venture.

We are indebted to our host families and to all those who worked on preparing translations – your help was invaluable in making our guests feel welcome.

We were generously loaned equipment by the high school and Hawick Futures, and the Old Baths proved an excellent venue. Thanks to Rob Shiel in particular for all his hard work and support, and David Finnie for doing the sound. We are grateful also to the Hawick News for advanced publicity.

Thanks to Tower Mill and Sainsbury’s for coming to our rescue with indoor venues for performances when rain intervened on Wednesday and to the Summer Festival Committee for letting us take part in their opening event on Saturday.

This sort of event inevitably costs money to stage and while the group itself has been very active in fund-raising over the last year, we are also indebted to Hawick Pantomime Group for its generous donation and to Scottish Borders Council through its Community Grant Scheme.

Lastly, a big thank-you to all who turned out on the Friday evening to support our grand concert, which we hope you will all agree was a superb show!

Youth Dance Festival Organising Committee

ON behalf of the committee of the Hawick and Denholm branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, I would like to thank all those who helped to make our Flag Week (August 8-13), such a success.

We raised £1,180.91 and without all the help from our collectors and donors in Hawick and Denholm such success would be impossible.

Eighty per cent of all that we collect is spent on saving lives, both inshore and at sea. The crews of our lifeboats are all volunteers and they do appreciate everyone’s generosity.

GILES PASSMORE

RNLI Flag Week convener

I AM writing on behalf of Hawick Summer Festival to celebrate the accomplishment of the recent Hootenanny concert in the bowls hall at Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

The event, the first major music concert at the venue for many years, turned into something quite astonishing. All the bands and performers did themselves proud, while leisure centre staff also deserve warm praise. They went out of their way to help, and when it became clear that it was heading towards a sellout, they located as many tables and chairs as they could find in the building to accommodate everyone.

With its hard-working staff, and the level of interest in the venue generated by the concert, there is no doubt that the future of the leisure centre is looking considerably brighter.

The challenge put out to the Hawick public earlier this year was: Use it or lose it! Last Saturday night proved that if the right type of entertainment is on offer then townsfolk will give it their support.

GRAHAM FORD

Organising secretary, Hawick Summer Festival

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated money to the high school Honduras trip sponsored cycle on August 4. And a big thank you to Think Fitness for allowing us to use its facilities to do the cycle.

CONNOR BRUNTON

HHS Honduras group