2012: The year in review (April to June)

Cornet Ross Nichol is surrounded by youngsters on Picking Night as Common-Riding fever grips the town in May
Cornet Ross Nichol is surrounded by youngsters on Picking Night as Common-Riding fever grips the town in May


THE town’s twinning with Bailleul appears to have a bright future after a new committee is formed.

AS the Hawick Torch continues to make its way round the town’s schools, former high school pupil Samantha Nichol gains a place on the organising team for the Olympic football events at Hampden Park.

BUSINESSES and individuals were left frustrated after mobile phone giants Vodafone experienced difficulties with its signal locally.

THE Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir celebrates its 80th birthday with a concert in front of a large and appreciative audience.

PLANS are revealed to close Martins Bridge for up to 18 weeks for essential maintenance work and strengthening. By the end of the year, though, the work is still to begin.

A STAND-up show by comedy legend Freddy Starr is cancelled with the 69-year-old citing “complete exhaustion”.

THE town was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Dr Pat Manson who was found dead at Teviot Medical Practice in Teviot Road.

THE leader of Minto Hills Conservation Group voices his concerns over the proliferation of wind turbine proposals, saying developments in the area are unlikely to benefit people in and around the town.

THE Greens win the Hawick Sevens for the fifth successive season. Colourful weather conditions at Mansfield Park – including heavy rain and thunder and lightning – don’t deter Hawick as they overcome Jed-Forest in the final.

LOCAL butcher James Pringle celebrates after judges at the Craft Butchers Awards meted out praise for his apple and cranberry pork sausages, which gain a gold award.


ROSS Nichol is appointed this year’s Cornet with Gillian Smith his Lass and Acting Father and Mother Iain and Andrea Huggan.

Ahead of what would be another fantastic year the 22-year-old exclaimed: “This is it. It’s starting to sink in now.”

Cornet Nichol would go on to lead hugely successful ride-outs to Bonchester Bridge, Roberton, Philhope Bridge and Mosspaul throughout the month.

THE town was also gripped by election fever at the start of the month as Teries went to the polls.

Standing councillors Zandra Elliot, Ron Smith, George Turnbull and Davie Paterson were returned, as was Stuart Marshall who polled a Borders record to hold his seat in emphatic style. SNP candidate Alistair Cranston was the newly-elected councillor for the Hawick and Denholm ward.

THE news that had been feared for some time was confirmed as Crumhaugh House was axed by health bosses.

HAWICK Waverley lift the Beveridge Cup after a seven-goal thriller against Pencaitland at Selkirk’s Yarrow Park. Ross Wallace, Taylor Hope, Dean McColm, and Jamie Richardson are all on target for the Wilton Lodge Park outfit. Manager Bruce Hughes said: “I’m so pleased for the players.”

OWNERS of town centre firms express fear that their businesses could go to the wall before the government revises “disproportionate” business rates in and around the High Street.

Greg Dalgleish, of O’Connell Street gym Think Fitness, says: “There is such a backlog of appeals from businesses who feel they’re paying too much that I was advised I would have to wait until December 2013 before my appeal is even considered.”


HAWICK Common-Riding suffered from what would be a miserable summer weather-wise, but the Teri spirit was evident in abundance as locals rallied roond Cornet Nichol. It was a momentous occasion for the 22-year-old who said: “This means everything to me.”

HUNDREDS of kids took part in a spectacular event at Volunteer Park as part of the Vision 2014 Group’s Year of Sport.

The Hawick Torch was paraded along the High Street by youngsters and sporting stars from the town before the lighting of a special ‘Reiver Beacon’ and a fantastic festival, which included a gymnastics display, martial arts and an amazing mass zumba demonstration. There was also a mass ceilidh as well as jugglers.

THE latest chapter in Burnfoot’s quest for a community hub opened with the award of £56,670 from the Big Lottery Fund.

BUS operator Munro’s declares town services to Burnfoot and Stirches “no longer viable” and says it will withdraw the routes from July.

HAWICK RFC receives a boost, when head coach Phil Leck signs a new two-year deal to remain in the top job.

BURNFOOT school teacher Laura Peden sets off for Sri Lanka to teach English to third-world youngsters, using donations from friends and family to fund her trip during the local summer holidays.

STUART Hogg helps Scotland to their second successive Australasian tour victory. The 19-year-old reveals to the Hawick News that he will toast the 9-6 win over Australia with a rum and milk.

A PROCESSION of more than 100 vintage cars and motorbikes from all over Britain departs Denholm on the 51st Jimmie Guthrie Memorial Run.