From our archives

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1973: Burnfoot man enters priesthood: Patrick Aidan Cannon (27), the eldest of a family of 14, became the first Hawick man to be ordained a priest at Ss. Mary and David’s RC Church on Saturday. The service was conducted by Bishop James Monaghan, Edinburgh, deputising for Cardinal Gordon Gray, who was indisposed.

1983: Lukewarm support for Sports Council: The vice-chairman of Roxburgh District Sports Council has claimed that over the past six months the Regional Council has been “frantically kicking to touch” to avoid funding sport. At last month’s meeting of the Sports Council, Mr Andrew Walker expressed concern that the Regional authorities could suddenly withdraw from any involvement in sporting activities after April 1.

1993: Anger over town hall ‘extravagance’: The ‘News’ can reveal that a furious row is brewing in the Town Hall over a scheme to refurbish the Council chairman’s room which could cost almost £9,000. Authority to proceed with the costly project has been sought under emergency powers and it has never been discussed publicly in the Council Chamber nor appeared in Council minutes.

2003: Welcome home: Royal Marine Stephen Cannon returned from the Iraq war to the safety of his family last week. The 28-year-old commando, who has spent the last three months aboard HMS Malrborough, carrying out highly dangerous ‘board and search’ missions of Iraqi ships, is the first of Hawick’s war heroes to make his way back home.

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