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1975: There has been a noticeable reduction in the number of holiday postcards delivered by the local Post Office during the Trades fortnight. The decrease is a continuation of the downward trend experienced in recent years and the total this year is so small that the Post Office did not think it worthwhile to issue figures. Once again the increased postal charge if the prime factor according to Post Office officials.

Solicitor Mr A. Stevenson is the only Hawick representative on the newly formed local Health Council which has a total membership of 28. Its function will include reviewing the operation of the Health Services and making recommendations for their improvement. The council can advise the Health Board on these matters.

Mr Archie Kirkwood (29) has recently taken up a position with Hawick solicitors Haddon & Crowe. Mr Kirkwood was formerly Mr David Steel’s private secretary at Westminster.

Five headstones were overturned in Wellogate Cemetery at the weekend. Gardens and allotments in Fisher Avenue were also attacked and flowers and vegetables ripped from the ground and scattered.

1985: The second annual Hawick Summer Festival, a promotion by the local Chamber of Trade, with financial support from the Scottish Tourist Board, will take place in the town between August 10 and 24. Following the success of the inaugural festival last year, the aim of the event is again to offer a programme of events over a period of two weeks to help make the town more attractive to visitors and locals alike.

A new refuse disposal site for Hawick is now urgently required according to the District Council Technical Services department. With the closure of the Stirches mains site and the present policy of transporting waste to the Dunion near Jedburgh, major operational changes had proved necessary.

The unusually fickle weather conditions continue with mist and rain only spasmodically interrupted by sunshine. The warmest day of the year was Thursday with a top reading of 78 degrees which was quickly followed the next day by a downpour totalling one-and-a-half inches of rain and a further half inch over Saturday and Sunday. Frostlie Burn between Teviothead and Mosspaul burst its banks flooding the main A7 necessitating a diversion via Newcastleton for almost two hours.

1995: Liz Peden, a westend pensioner, who, along with Hamish Smith, jeweller, instigated a petition for the removal of the Trinity Gardens shelter which the organisers class as an “eyesore which no longer serves its purpose”, are to have a meeting with Town Hall chief Roy Millan when the 2000-signature petition will be handed over. They want a shelter erected nearer the bus stop.

The Royal British Legion club premises were broken into on Friday night and £150 was stolen from gaming machines.

A Raleigh mountain bike was stolen from a house in Weensland Road last Thursday night.

The Community Council has written to the District Council’s Technical Services Committee chairman Sandy Mackie, complaining about the committee’s recommendations to increase taxi drivers’ licence fees as a direct result of costs involved in repairing the council’s taxi regulator’s car belonging to Brian Brisbane allegedly by a driver(s) protesting at some unwelcome decision by the former.

2005: There will be a mass exodus of Teries to the Muckle Toon of Langholm today is it celebrates its Common-Riding. Langholm Cornet James Ritchie is this year’s main man and is charged with upholding the traditions which started 245 years ago. Many Teries will make the 22 mile journey south to show their support and this will include Hawick Cornet Jamie Turnbull - will will be keen to support his namesake. Speaking this week Jamie said: “I will be riding at Langholm for the first time. It’s always a popular day and I am really looking forward to it.

St Margaret’s Primary School is the latest to benefit from new 20mph speed restriction signs. The new full-time signs outside the school in Buccleuch Place will work alongside the introduction of part time signs outside the High School on Bucceleuch Road. Increased plans for the safety of schoolchildren in the town will include a joint effort between the Scottish Executive, Amey and Scottish Borders Council. A new puffin crossing will be installed outside the High School, and part -time signs will be installed on The Loan outside Drumlanrig Primary School.