Royal Albert’s £12k boost helps lift flood gloom

Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall with Albert chairman Jim Borthwick and vice-chair Fran Barker.
Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall with Albert chairman Jim Borthwick and vice-chair Fran Barker.
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Hawick Royal Albert FC have netted a £12,000 boost as the club battles back from the damaging impact of three flooding incidents since the start of December.

Albert Park, which has been rendered unplayable for more than three months, is one of several locations in the town to have borne the brunt of some of the worst floods in living memory.

And the cash, which was secured from Scottish Borders Council’s flood grants scheme, will, according to vice-chairman Fran Barker, pay for the repainting of all water-damaged paintwork, as well as replacement seating in the changing rooms, new furniture for the manager’s office, a new toilet for the referee’s room, new heaters, and the replacement of all warped doors. It is also hoped to buy three new exercise bikes.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Mr Barker paid tribute to the club’s “resilient and hard-working committee” in the wake of the triple deluge. “They’ve been absolutely brilliant, with everyone pulling together,” he said.

He also praised local councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer, and town MSP John Lamont, for their assistance with the club’s grant application, and thanked SBC for its funding award, and Davie Cranston for digging out and levelling the car
park.

Mr Barker added that he was due to meet with Mr Lamont on Monday morning “to see if he could do anything more for us”.

Councillor Marshall said he was delighted that both Councillor Watson McAteer and he had been able to help Royal Albert get funding. “It was heartbreaking to see the extent of the damage caused by the recent floods,” added Mr Marshall.

Mr Lamont said: “I’m really pleased the club is able to begin repairing the damage caused. I’ll be paying them another visit on Monday to hear more about their plans.”

Looking ahead, Mr Barker said he hoped Royalists would be back playing at Albert Park by the end of March.