Prestigious award for town’s war memorial

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HAWICK’S war memorial has been named very highly commended in the annual Champion of Champions judging.

The title is just a whisker away from the top spot and was made possible thanks to the hard working staff of Scottish Borders Council, led by Keith Douglas, as well as members of the Hawick branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, who did an excellent job in cleaning the memorial.

Branch secretary Jim Coltman said: “Although the council department is greatly understaffed, they did a great job in difficult circumstances to produce a memorial and garden which is worthy of nationwide recognition.

“We would also like to thank the members and volunteers who gave of their time to make sure the monument and garden looked so well prior to judging.”

It is a fitting accolade for all the hard work, especially in this, the 75th anniversary of the local branch. In what has been a busy year of celebration, the branch is holding a church parade on October 27; a coffee morning in Trinity Church hall (November 9); a concert in Lodge 424 on November 16; and they will be on duty from November 4-9 selling poppies for the Poppyscotland appeal.Mr Coltman added: “We thank everyone who has supported us in the past.”