Film group’s pictorial is the reel deal in nostalgia stakes

Cornet Raymond Knox with Right and Left George Turnbull and Philip Murray
Cornet Raymond Knox with Right and Left George Turnbull and Philip Murray
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Hawick Film and Video Group is set to turn the clock back to 1964 with a presentation of Sons of Heroes – 50 years on from the film’s first screening.

An ambitious project back in the 60s, Sons of Heroes focuses on Hawick Common-Riding and the battle at Hornshole in 1964 – and it turned out to be a huge success.

Directed by Scott Renwick, and featuring members of Hawick Theatre Group, Hawick Drama Club and Hawick Amateur Operatic Society, plus a host of Hawick youths, the film attracted big audiences at its many showings.

Now, five decades later, Sons of Heroes will hit the screen again in the Hawick Film and Video Group’s cinema in Croft Road. The film being the supporting programme to the group’s Hawick Pictorial of 1974.

Matters open with the Common-Riding of 1964 when Rob Brydon was Cornet and John Hope and Brian Patterson his Right and Left-Hand Men. Many golden moments of that year’s celebrations are captured and make great viewing.

There is then a change of route as the production tells the tale of the battle of Hornshole.

Filmed at locations near to where the actual battle was fought, Sons of Heroes was shot over several weekends. A team of five script-writers put the storyline together in a bid to make things as authentic as possible.

Following the screening of Sons and Heroes, the show leaps forward to the Hawick of 1974 – and from the January to the December, the happenings in the town are well captured.

The first sequence shows the severe damage that hit the town due to the galeforce January winds. And from here on there is a whirlwind of a variety of events that occured.There is a look at the general election during which David Steeel was re-elected, plus a glance at local elections, and the last kirking of the council at the Old Parish church.

The Common-Riding of 1974 is featured highly in the pictorial. Raymond Knox, George Turnbull and Philip Murray are the big three, and one rides through the big events with them. The Picking Night at Raymond’s home in the newly-built Dickson Street, the Mosspaul Ride-out, the tying of the ribbons on the Horse monument, the Friday morning Chase, and the dipping of the flag. Yes, memories of the Common-Riding of 1974 are evoked in fine style.

Much more unfolds throughout the show. You see the splendour of the KOSB freedom of the burgh in all its glory at the Haugh and in the High Street, and a sponsored clean-up of the River Teviot by members of Hawick YM Rugby Football Clulb for starters.

Also take in is the birth of two new ventures to Hawick.

The then thriving Spook Market in the grounds of the auction mart, and the site clearance and newly-built houses at Stonefield.

How times have changed things – and the pictorial is an excellent trip back into the past.

You will see a Hawick that may be long gone, but thanks to Hawick Film and Video Group it’s a Hawick that has not been forgotten.

The pictorial runs from Monday-Friday, August 18-22, and Monday-Friday, August 25-29 in the Croft Road cinema.

Shows commence at 7.30pm. Admission for adults is £3 and children £1.50.