1514 Club makes plinth pledge as plea goes out to rally opposition

The 1514 Monument at Hornshole
The 1514 Monument at Hornshole

The 1514 Club issued a press statement this week which says they are confident that the new stone memorial plaque will enhance the historic site.

And once a spot has been identified they will invite those with an interest to view an in-position replica.

The statement reads: “Now that planning permission has been granted, the 1514 Club would like to clarify the position regarding the proposed information plaque at Hornshole.

“This is a work of great craftsmanship by the same master craftsman who created the replacement memorial. It depicts Tom Scott’s painting, The Return fromHornshole, carved in stone along with a brief historical account.

“The 1514 Club aim to position it in a sympathetic way which will not detract from the memorial itself.

“This project is still some months from completion. When we have the proposed site identified and pegged, interested parties will be invited to view a replica of the information plaque at a future date.

“The club is confident this will enhance the experience of those who visit this site so dear to us all.”

But the man who led the objections at a recent planning meeting at Scottish Borders Councils says the planning permission means nothing without the backing of other clubs in the town.

Gordon Muir, whose parents, retired vet Bob and Jean, who has opposed the plans, live opposite the proposed site, said: “Regarding the 1514 Club’s proposal for Hornshole, despite widespread opposition (some within their own ranks), this week’s statement seems to suggest a reluctance to discuss alternative sites for the magnificent stone plinth. This is regrettable, because without the unanimous support of other related organisations in the town, the planning permission they’ve been granted is irrelevant. It’s particularly irrelevant since all the councillors who made the decision also voiced serious reservations about having to approve it, the lack of ‘listed’ status precluding any other response.

“Consequently, civic responsibility has to be exercised and a precedent has to be established – because it seems that everyone now wants a slice of Hornshole. Repeated tinkering with the fundamental character of the most hallowed location in Hawick already risks turning it into mere tourist attraction, rather than the townsfolk’s ‘sacred and cherished site’ referred to in a recent petition. As uncoordinated development continues without adequate planning control, it should be noted that none of the recent initiatives sought to involve a landscape architect. Had they done so, the advice would have been simple: retain the natural rustic charm of the site and protect the single-message dignity of the memorial.

“With concerned individuals staying quiet, some possibly compromised by club membership, meaningful opposition to the current proposal seems strangely hamstrung – so I urge everyone to stand up and be counted, before it’s too late.”