Former Trinity school pupil David Scott has spoken of his emotion and pride after being appointed chief guest at this year’s Common-Riding.
The 57-year old housing director and his wife Pam, who live in Duns, are “thrilled to bits” to be among the town’s principals for 2016, and his appointment was greeted with warm and sustained applause following Provost Stuart Marshall’s time-honoured announcement at last Friday night’s Callants Club dinner.
Speaking to the Hawick News this week, David, widely regarded as one of the Borders’ foremost aficionados on the works of Robert Burns and an honorary life member of Hawick Burns Club, said: “It is a huge honour, the greatest I have ever had. The call from Stuart Marshall back in August inviting me to be chief guest will be indelibly marked in my brain forever.
“I felt a wave of emotion and pride, and I thought that my late mother, my dad, our great friends from Hawick – Shune and the late Wat Hardie, my wee tribe o’ grandbairns, the rest of my family and the flooer Aw ca’ maw ane, Pam, would all be really pleased.”
Some of David’s formative years were spent in Mansfield Crescent, and despite living away from the town for many years since then, his affection for Hawick and its folk remains as strong as ever.
Emphasising this point, Provost Marshall told the Callants dinner: “This man is without doubt a true Borderer in every sense of the word. And his love for our town is simply breathtaking.
“Fellow Callants, he is one of the best after-dinner speakers on the circuit today. And I, for one, can’t wait to hear his address at the Colour-Bussing.
“Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I announce to you all this evening that Mr David Scott is my choice of chief guest for the Common-Riding of 2016.
“Please believe me, gentlemen, David and his lovely wife Pam are thrilled to bits to be ranked among our principals this year.”
David, who is also an honorary member of the 1514 Club, says he would like to thank everyone for the messages of support since his appointment was made official, and added: “This honour isn’t just a massive thing for me, my wife Pam has supported me in everything I’ve ever done, and to have her sitting beside me and arm in arm in this big adventure makes it even more special.”