Carlisle readers given taste of what Hawick has to offer visitors

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A JOURNALIST from Carlisle’s News & Star newspaper has written a glowing report on the Heart of Hawick.

Last week’s edition carried a piece by Rosalind Gibb in which she wrote about a visit to Tower Mill for lunch – and not only did she describe it as an “exciting” place, but called for something similar in Carlisle.

Explaining that Hawick was chosen as a central point to meet her twin sister from Edinburgh, Rosalind admitted that on first sight she “wasn’t too impressed”. And the Carlisle reporter said she fully expected to catch the bus back at about 5pm, until they “stumbled upon a bustling arts centre”.

Highlighting Beanscene’s opening hours until 10pmseven days a week, she went on: “Coming from Carlisle, which turns into a ghost town in the evenings (unless you go down Botchergate) and on Sundays, this was quite something. Set in a renovated mill overlooking the river in the centre of Hawick, it’s got a cinema, workspaces, exhibition space and lovely bright murals.”

Rosalind was also impressed with the variety of people enjoying coffee, or pizza and wine, and stated: “It’s an exciting place that has brought the town centre back to life and it impressed visitors like me.” And being impressed that the project was led by Scottish Borders Council, she added: “Hawick has a population of just 15,000 – why can’t our powers-that-be create something similar in Carlisle, a city with five times as many people?”