A look back at the news of yesteryear

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1973: AT THE Town Council meeting in the Burgh Chambers last Tuesday night, it was agreed that the General Services Committee reconsider their recommendation to alter Crumhaughhill Road to Crumhaughhill, so as to avoid confusion between Crumhaughhill, Crumhaughhill Road and Crumhaugh Road.

The decision followed a letter from Mr J. Kirkpatrick, Crumhaughhill Farm, who said he had already been subject to wrong deliveries by the Post Office and if the road was to be named the the same name as his farm, then matters would deteriorate still further.

1983: A PROFESSIONAL curator with modern ideas is essential if dwindling attendances at Wilton Lodge Museum are to be reversed, it was claimed at the Community Council meeting in the Council Chambers on Tuesday night.

Regional Councillor Mrs B. Boyd, said the museum service was a profession with an obligation to educate people in an interesting and stimulating way. “I could never agree to have our museum as it used to be when displays never changed from one year to the next.”

Mr J. Anderson said everybody wanted a high standard but a knowledgeable local person would fit the bill.

1993: MANY people lament the fact that Hawick is going the way of small towns all over the country with convenient, family-run shops gradually being replaced by edge-of-town superstores.

This is stated by the Rev. Maxwell Paterson, writing in the latest issue of the St Cuthbert’s Church newsletter.

He feared that the days of small shops were numbered. “We all lament this trend and perhaps in years to come, they might return in some form but never as they were.

“Different sorts of shops will occupy High Street, nearly all of them belong to some national chain, where you buy cheap and stack it high.”

2003: THE faces of the rich and famous will soon be getting into a stick situation in Hawick.

Community Councillor Helen Ford has come up with a novel scheme aimed at stopping residents spitting their chewing gum on the ground.

The ‘Stick it, Don’t Flick it’ initiative sees pictures of ‘weel-kent’ faces fixed to specially-designed boards soon to be erected around the town. The idea is for locals to stick their gum to the face on the board rather than discarding it on the roads or pavements.

More archive news in Friday’s paper.