Rotarians’ Hawick night

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Last Thursday’s Hawick night saw president Sandy Bannerman welcome a large contingent of Rotarians, their wives, wives of past-Rotarians and a visitor from Kingston on Thames, along with several of the town’s most popular singers.

After the usual excellent meal, prepared by Phil Coltman and his attentive staff at the Buccleuch Hotel, the company was entertained by the talented Bernie Armstrong, whose singing is always a highlight, especially his rendition of ‘I Like Auld Hawick the Best’. Also the evergreen Drew Johnstone, with, among others, a moving ‘Meda’s Song’, the inimitable, pitch-perfect Joyce Tinlin, who sang, unaccompanied, the beautiful ‘Wail of Flodden’, and Pat Sutherland, excellent as ever with ‘I Like Auld Hawick’ and others.

Recitations were given by Rotarians Jock Thorburn and Gus Neilson, and Drew and Bernie ended the evening with ‘Teribus’. The singers were all accompanied by Rosalyn Walker on keyboard.Vice-president Mairhi Trickett gave an enthusiastic vote of thanks to all the brilliant participants.

Members are reminded that the blub is to hold a coffee morning in Trinity church hall, tomorrow (Saturday), with proceeds going to the Nepal earthquake appeal. Any members of the public who would like to attend (£2) or simply support this appeal, can either come on the day or give their donation to any Rotarian.