Dinner set to honour long-serving players

A TRIBUTE dinner has been organised in the town hall to honour two long-serving players from Hawick YM.

The event, which is being held next month in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation, is for Mansfield Haugh stalwarts Gregor Welsh and Billy Lilly.

Welsh’s first game for the Redskins was back in 1993, while it is understood Lilly has turned out for the YM for around 17 years.

Coach Jammy McFarlane, who will compere the evening along with Brian Renwick, told the Hawick News: “The dinner has been organised to honour and show our respects to these boys.

“They have both been very fortunate in terms of injury and have given phenomenal service to Hawick YM. And in this day and age of money dictating where players go, I don’t know if you will ever see the like again. It really is tremendous.”

Included in their long YM careers for both players were two visits to Murrayfield.

McFarlane is hoping to attract representatives from all over the Borders and further afield for the informal evening, which will include anecdotes on both players from a wide array of people, both in the town hall and those who can’t make it.

The dinner is being held on February 16 at 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £25. For more information contact Jammy on 07729 248474.