United celebrate in style at 50th anniversary dinner

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HAWICK United are 50 years old and the Wilton Lodge Park club celebrated the occasion with an anniversary dinner in the Mansfield House Hotel on Saturday evening.

It was a night that saw players from the past link up with players of the present. A night during which stories of United’s bygone days were told to the large gathering. A night during which United’s current times were reflected on.

And due to the tales of main guest speakers, Andy Goram and Frank McAvennie, a night that brought about great humour and laughter.

Club chairman Derek Ramage, who has been associated with the Tangerines for the full half-century, kicked the evening off be welcoming all to the dinner, and then handed the reins over to Dougie Leithead, MC for the evening, who steered proceedings in fine style.

Dougie then called on current club captain Kevin Strathdee to talk about the team, after which United legend Bob Muirhead. a former United manager and one of life’s colourful characters, talked of his many experiences as team boss.

It was then over to the one and only Andy ‘The Goalie’ Goram and the one and only Frank McAvennie.

Both were stars and wonderful entertainers on the football pitch and they fitted into the same mould as after-dinner speakers. The pair’s stories of their experiences on and off the park coming thick and fast to say the least.

Derek Ramage concluded an evening, during which a first-class meal was served, with a vote of thanks.

Overall, the Tangerines’ 50th anniversary dinner was a colourful and fruitful occasion.

Full report and more photographs in the paper.