Pictorial charts the changing face of Hawick as audiences are taken back to 1971

Cast from Hawick opera's Sound of Music in 1971
Cast from Hawick opera's Sound of Music in 1971

IT’S once again time to take a trip down memory lane as Hawick Film and Video Group turns the clock back to 1971 for its annual pictorial, writes John Slorance.

It’s a fascinating look back at the grey auld toon of yesteryear, and for a piece of nostalgia at its very best, there is the last night in the Wilton Bar, Dickson Street, better known as ‘Genties’.

The Border Union stagecoach stops off at the Tower Hotel in 1971

The Border Union stagecoach stops off at the Tower Hotel in 1971

Later on in the show, however, what was once a popular hostelry is seen ablaze, for while waiting to be demolished it was destroyed by fire. A dramatic and somewhat sad ending to one of the town’s oldest pubs.

The postal dispute, which saw Hawick’s post offices closed and all pillar boxes taped up, is one of several national events that happened back in 1971.

Another being the introduction of decimalisation, and the accompanying footage transports one back to the inside of the now long-gone Allan Watt newsagents at the end of Commercial Road, where Allan Watt junior demonstrates his skills in handling the new currency on a till behind the counter.

A new face of Hawick is emerging, but on the other side of the coin, part of old Hawick is vanishing.

The Langlands Bank houses are pulled down, as is the old slaughterhouse. The historcial Buccleuch Memorial, which was so much a part of Hawick in many different ways, is also demolished. All of this is very interesting to see and, indeed, quite captivating.

There’s a nice slice of the Common-Riding, with the late Drew Martin as Cornet and Joyce Robson his Lass, and a super selection of events such as Picking Night, the Lilliesleaf ride, the Thursday Morning Chase, the Cornet’s visit to Drumlanrig school, and a very wet Friday at the Moor.

The Border Union stagecoach stops off at the Tower Hotel (left), and one can take in the opening of the Mayfield Bar and Henderson Technical College, the cast from Hawick opera’s production of The Sound of Music (above), as well as a family sports day at Mansfield Park.

Chay Blyth can also be seen being given the freedom of the burgh at a town hall ceremony

All this and a lot more happened in 1971, and it’s all there for one to see from Monday-Friday, August 15-19 and Monday-Friday, August 22-26. The show begins at 7.30pm each evening.

Admission: Adults £3, children £1.50.