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FOR the second successive year the Vertish Hill Sports made a profit of £94 compared to £158 last year. Chairman W.A Mactaggart, chairman, said he was very happy that the Sports continued to flourish.

Jas. Swinton & Co, builders, have denied an allegation that they are “sitting” on building ground at the former slaughterhouse site in Linden Crescent. A letter from the firm to the Housing Committee stated there was an acute shortage of building land and as they had about 100 employees, it was essential to ensure continuity of work.

A COMPLAINT has been raised that the steps leading to the social work department at the Town Hall are too steep and tiring for elderly people.


GARY Stewart, 1 Branxholme Road, who is serving with the fleet air arm aboard HMS Avenger, sustained back injuries when the helicopter he was in crashed into the Arabian Sea.

THE religious service on Radio Scotland at 9.10 on Sunday morning will be broadcast from the Congregational Church, and conducted by the Minister, the Rev. Stanley Britton.

A DISTRICT Council working group has drawn up plans to control the problem of travelling people at the Common Haugh. Regional Councillor George Turnbull has described proposals to erect barriers at both openings. The one opposite Presto would be at a height to allow cars immediate access, and operated by an attendant.


ABOUT 50 followers accompanied the Cornet to Priesthaugh on Tuesday, the ride being completed in favourable conditions.

DESPITE the recent collapse of plans for a £3million retail complex, the Galalaw Development Park has a vital role to play in Hawick’s future, according to Commumity Councillors. There was however, severe criticism of outspoken District Councillor John Rudkin who labelled Galalaw a white elephant.

WATER temperatures at the Leisure Centre pool are sometimes so cold that customers are refusing to use the facilities, it was claimed at the Community Council. Mr R.McNairn, said the District Council, as the Leisure Centre management committee, should be worried about the complaints.


FORMER Scottish Borders Council leader Drew Tulley has urged the new Hawick councillors to work towards bringing much-needed employment to the town. Mr Tulley, who stepped down from politics before the recent local elections, said: “The biggest impression that could be made in Hawick by the new regime is to get jobs into Hawick.”

THE Borders College Lobby Group has continued the fight to retain further education in the town at the college’s AGM. The meeting was the first opportunity for people to voice their feelings on the recent report which recommended a single site campus in Galashiels, but it was felt a decision had already been made.