A look back at the news of yesteryear

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1973: A PLAN by Councillor J. Rae to increase pedestrian safety and ease congestion by imposing a traffic ban on High Street during Saturdays, when housewives’ shopping expeditions are at their peak, met with little support at the Town Council meeting in the Burgh Chambers on Tuesday night.

He urged councillors to consider closing the main street from 9am to 5pm. Delivery vehicles could service shops before the restrictions came on and additional parking spaces could be provided by making O’Connell Street and Cros Wynd cul-de-sacs while the ban was in operation.

Councillor J. Turnbull said High Street was part of the A7 trunk route and he didn’t think they could close it.

The Town Clerk said the Secretary of State would have to be invloved in any decision taken to implement a traffic ban.

1983: Customers calling at the local Clydesdale Bank office in High Street about midday yesterday were amazed to see the staff walking about with umbrellas up!

The reason for their strange behaviou was soon obvious, however, as water was cascading from the ceiling and employees had to act smartly to clear desk tops of money, cheques and other documents before they were submerged in the downpour.

A frantic visit to the occupant of the flat upstairs, Mrs F. Landels, revealed the culprit to be an errant washing machine which had overflowed.

LOCAL golfer Eric Robertson had a successful weekend. Competing in the One-Armed Golfing Association Scottish Area event, played over the Crail course on Saturday, Eric won first prize, and lifted the handsome Craig en Darrigh Trophy. Played as a stableford, the Hawick golfer scored a magnificent 36 points, four points ahead of his nearest rival.

1993: Horrendous stories of the risk householders take with their battery-operated firm alarms were related at Tuesday’s Housing Committee meeting in the Council Chambers.

Although the District Council have been congratulated by the fire authorities for being one of the first to install the alarms throughout their housing stock, lives are being endangered by the foolish practise of some.

Committee convener Valerie Robson said she knew of people removing batteries when making chips; others failed to replace spent batteries.

“It is the very sensitivity of the alarms that makes them so efficient. They do save lives but some people obviously don’t appreciate this and they are taking tremendous risks,” she said.

2003: The author of a new book, Crap Towns, which lists Hawick as one of the 50 worst places to live in the UK, has been slammed by Provost Zandra Elliot.

The book describes Hawick as: “Grey limestone and concrete, under constant drizzle and with a dialect that would make even the most hardened linguist blanch.”

Produced by Sam Jordison and Dan Kieran, who both work for The Idler magazine, there is little statistical significance about the top 50.

Provost Elliot said: “The fact that the authors work for The Idler is clearly appropriate as they have obviously never got off their backsides and come to see for themselves what our town has to offer.

“At a time when we can boasst the success of a number of events including the walking, summer, and jazz and blues festivals, the authors have clearly falied to do their homework and it is a particularly bad piece of journalism.”