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Once again in accordance with ancient custom Hawick has elected its Cornet, Mr George Turnbull, Kinninghall, who will carry the town’s banner at this year’s Common-Riding.

Following the customary Town Council special meeting, on Wednesday night, promptly at 7pm, the Burgh Officer left the Town Hall to deliver the Council’s invitation to the Cornet-Elect.

The new Dawson promotion film “Cashmere is Scottish” will be presented in the Marina Cinema programme next week during each of the four cinema evenings (excluding Tuesday and Thursday).

The film contains some beautiful Scottish scenery and local factory sequences were shot at the Pringle Rodono factory where many familiar faces can be seen.


The Prime Minister, who is to visit Hawick on Friday morning, will meet members of the Knitwear Manufacturer’s Association when she will hear their views on the effects of Chinese woollen imports on the local industry.

Mrs Thatcher will be accompanied by Mr Peter Rees, the Minister for Trade.

On SATURDAY winners received their prizes as a result of the Wrangler colouring competition held recently by David Thomson, High Street. Six local schools – Drumlanrig, Wilton, Trinity, Burnfoot, Stirches and St Margaret’s – were invited to participate and from the 400 plus entrym the following received a pair of Wrangler jeans, and the runners-up tee-shirts.


A SENIOR District Councillor has called for action to be stepped up against a hardcore of tenants who refuse to pay rent.

Councillor Valerie Robson, housing convener, made her appeal at last Monday’s Housing Committee meeting which heard that although the number of debtors fell sharply during March, actual house/garage rent arrears increased by £2288 to just over £33,000.

It SEEMS likely that shoppers will have to do without the popular Saturday Market on June 5 and 12 when the Common Haugh is taken over by the Showman’s Guild.

The Market operators, Spook Erection, had asked the District Council for permission to temporarily switch the stalls to Mansfield Haugh but councillors heard on Tuesday that the organisers had decided instead to cancel trading on the two Saturdays involved.

Andrew Cranston (23), 34 Longbaulk Road, has won joint first prize of £3500 in the Nat West 90s art competition in London.

Currently in his final year of a BA degree in drawing and painting at the Robert Gordon University Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, he graduates in July and hopes eventually to have his own studio.

A further £1000 will be presented to the school as part of Andrew’s prize.


The decision by the Hawick Common-Riding committee to award the lucrative bar and catering franchise to companies out with the town has caused uproar.

The ‘News’ has been contacted several times this week by irate members of the community who feel the decision is a slap in the face to local traders, but the Common-Riding committee has responded, saying they were left with no other option as such short notice.

Hawick’s new Cornet Greg McLeod is still finding it hard to believe he is in the saddle for this year’s Common-Riding festivities.

Since his first ride-out in 1990, the 25-year-old son of Donnie and Leslie McLeod, of Newmill, has dreamed of carrying the Banner Blue.

And now that the dream has come true, the dormer Drumlanrig Primary School pupil is savouring every moment.