From our archives

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1975: Police are making enquiries into several thefts from allotments in the Wilton Park area at the weekend. Quantities of vegetables were stolen and anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to come forward with information. Police would like to thank residents in Fisher Avenue for the prompt notice they gave about youths raiding allotments in that area. Several teenagers have been charged in connection with the incident. Householders are asked to be on the alert for similar raids.

Despite objections from two shopkeepers in Oliver Place, Mr E. Taddei, Central Fry, has been granted access to the lane behind his premises. This was the decision of the Region’s Building Control sub-committee who attended a special hearing in the District Council offices, Hawick on Friday.

Regional Councillor DR Rory Hamilton and his daughter Susie, flew from London airport on Wednesday morning bound for Toronto, Canada, for a two-week vacation to visit his uncle and brother who reside there.

1985: The provision of a major new education facility at the Old Wilton School in Princes Street took a step closer this week. The £80,000 plan to provide new accommodation for Community Education and Borders College of Further Education purposes at Wednesday’s Region property sub-committee meeting at St Boswells.

District Council environmental health staff had to deal with increasing legislation and inspection duties last year, according to the technical services department annual report. Wide-ranging responsibilities included over 400 health and safety inspections in local factories and workplaces, food hygiene enforcement, abattior inspections, pest control, dealing with verminous houses, smoke and noise control and other matters of general public health.

1995: Princess Anne is to visit Hawick on Wednesday, September 27 when, in her capacity as president of the British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, she will tour the Hawick Cashmere Company factory at Trinity Mills, Duke Street. The firm, launched four-and-a-half years ago in the former Hawico Mill, won an export award in January and now employs over 100 workers in Hawick and another 16 in Eyemouth.

The fire brigade were called to the Cottage Hospital on Monday lunchtime and in the early hours of Tuesday but both proved false alarms.

The future of Woodside Old Folks’ Home in Newcastleton is now in doubt after the matron, Mrs E Adamson abandoned her appeal at an industrial tribunal in Edinburgh against de registration.

The seven residents at Woodside will now be placed elsewhere.

2005: The Community Council is still looking for more nominations for this year’s best kept garden competition. The entries will be judged by Councillor Davie Paterson and the winners will be presented with a silver salver.

With the tourist season in full-swing the Hawick Welcome Hosts are reporting a great deal of interest from visitors. The hosts, who meet and greet visitors have enjoyed a particularly busy period and over 15,000 welcome brochures, which give details of many local attractions as well as what’s on in and around the town, were printed for the tourist season and they were disappearing fast.