Hawick Music Live! concert promises to be a Hoot

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Harp and flute duo Hoot (Helen MacLeod and Emma Wilkins) are set to delight the Heart of Hawick audience on Sunday, November 15, at 2.30pm.

As versatile musicians and having toured extensively across Scotland, Hoot have been a big hit across the country from Orkney’s St Magnus Cathedral to Argyll and Bute with their eclectic mix of music.The combination of dynamic repertoire and their passion and flair, guarantee audiences a truly thrilling and inspiring performance.

Individually, they have performed with groups ranging from all of Scotland’s professional orchestras to Belle and Sebastian and Texas which ensures the concert programme will have something for everyone from classical, folk and modern.

Also featured will be music by prestigious Glaswegian composer Edward McGuire, Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Lowell Liebermann and Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets £10 (under-18s free) from 360688 or the Tower Mill box office.


All aboard with David

A big turnout of members, wives, guests and visitors attended last week’s meeting which was chaired by vice-president Jim Walker. Ian and Margaret Hutchings brought greetings from Ellesmere Rotary Club, Shropshire, and Divvy Caird was a guest of the Sutherlands. The speaker was David McLeod, nephew of past-president Bobby Cairns’s wife Ina, and he gave an excellent illustrated talk on his senior role on a luxury cruise liner. Formerly director of music with Midlothian County Council, he took early retirement 18 months ago and is now music and entertainment director with Royal Caribbean Cruises, with whom he will now be aboard the ‘Mariner of the Seas’ in the Far East. The ship’s dimensions are impressive: 313 metres long and bigger than Murrayfield Stadium, and David’s slides highlighted the sheer luxury and opulence of the vessel in this booming market in the leisure industry. He also explained his head of entertainment post which showed that it is not all plain sailing and attention has to be given to every last detail as that is what the customer expects. David’s parents were present at the meeting to hear his address during which he gave a tune on his trumpet accompanied on keyboard by Grace Jack. Many questions ensued after which the vote of thanks was given by David’s uncle Bobby for an excellent talk.

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WI president Joyce Tinlin welcomed members to last month’s business meeting, at which Walter Russell gave an interesting talk on the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), which takes older people to appointments, shopping and to RVS-run social clubs across the Borders. Susie Finlayson gave the vote of thanks. Competition for flask of soup – 1, Susan Thomson; 2, June Robertson. Raffle – Claire Mactaggart. Sales table – £19.50. The committee for the new session was elected as follows: President, Joyce Tinlin; vice-president, Julie Scammell; treasurer, Susie Finlayson; secretary, Lesley Birney; press secretary, Sheila Armstrong; magazines, Susan Murray; points secretary, Rhona Glendinning; sales table, L. Walker and C. Mactaggart. The next meeting is the institutes 65th birthday party on November 10.