Euro celebrations for essay winner Robert

1972: ROBERT Turnbull, Merlewood, Fenwick Park, a sixth-year pupil, has been chosen as one of four representatives from Scottish schools to attend the Fanfare for Europe celebrations in London from January 3-13. Robert won his place in the team for his entry in an essay competition organised recently by the European Association of Teachers. The essay, written in French, was entitled “Our Future in the Enlarged European Community”. He will meet the Prime Minister at a reception at 10 Downing Street.

AT THE Housing Committee meeting in the Burgh Chambers on Tuesday night it was agreed that Council house tenants will not be allowed to erect pigeon lofts in their gardens. Every effort will be made, however, to obtain alternative sites.

1982: THE controversial plan by Mr T. Miller, Teviotdale Lodge Hotel, to open an entertainment shop featuring fruit machines with cash prizes at 4 Oliver Place, has been turned down by the District Council on the casting vote of Councillor J. Irvine, chairman, who said it would be detrimental to the amenity of the street as defined by the Hawick Local Plan.

A VERY disturbing tale of official mismanagement unfolded this week concerning the exploits of two Gas Board workmen who broke into a Hawick flat to read the meter only to discover it was all-electric.

1992: COMMUNITY Councillors made clear at their meeting on Tuesday night they won’t tolerate further disruptive behaviour from District Councillor David Paterson who initiated a slanging match at last month’s meeting.

The Slitrig Ward member was involved in a furious exchange with Community Council chairman Betty Campbell, after Community Councillors voted narrowly in favour of supporting proposals for a tourist railway near Stonefield housing estate, an area Mr Paterson represents.

Letters he subsequently sent to Mrs Campbell included the comment: “I will not have an unelected rabble dictating to me.” A rather subdued Mr Paterson was present only briefly at Tuesday night’s meeting when he admitted his letters were “a wee bit strong and could have been worded better”.

Mr R. McNairn said Mr Paterson’s disruptive behaviour was not acceptable, while Charlie Douglas regretted that so few members of the public attended Council Chamber meetings where they would see Mr Paterson in action.

2002: AINSLIE Henderson is a household name and looks set to become a superstar.

This week in an exlcusive interview with the “News”, the former Fame Academy student has lifted the lid on an amazing £250,000 record deal that will propel the already-famous Denholm lad to the dizzy heights of stardom.

The 23-year-old singer songwriter revealed: “I’ve signed a record deal with Mercury Records. They’ve given me a deal to write an album and it’s to sound exactly how I want it to and be recorded just how I want it – which is so perfect and was exactly what I hoped for.”

Last Friday night, millions watched as talented Ainslie was voted out of the BBC show and his chance for the “ultimate” prize, but the fame game wasn’t over for this local hero – he has become the only academy reject to sign a deal and is already living life in the spotlight.

He told the “News”: “My feet haven’t touched the ground since last week and I’m knackered.

“I’ve been having to get up at 5am every day and go all over the place to do interviews and television shows, but it’s been brilliant.”