Councillors sent home to think about Viv memorial

Plans to erect a memorial to one of Hawick’s best loved sons were discussed at Monday night’s community council meeting.

Viv Sharp died in 2012 and friends and family are keen to see a stone wall with a plaque and seating area built outside The Hut at St Leonard’s Farm.

Long-time friend of the family Mo Wear gave a presentation to councillors and presented them with an estimated cost for the work which the community council are hoping to facilitate through the Small Grant Scheme.

Speaking in the Lesser town hall, Mr Wear said: “Viv Sharp showed an unfailing commitment to the town of Hawick in many roles. He had a warm personality and this would be a fitting tribute and it is hoped that this memorial can be in place for this year’s Common-Riding celebrations.

The estimated cost will be in the region of £4,850 plus VAT and it is hoped that a £3,000 grant will be secured with the family making up the difference and also paying for the plaque and a bench.

After the presentation and a brief discussion, chair Marion Short, who described Mr Sharp as “a lovely man and a true Teri” asked community councillors to go away and think about what they had heard and to come back to council with their thoughts in due course.