Mystery man makes £1,000 Christmas lights gesture

Hawick Community Council received a huge boost this week when an anonymous ‘retired gentleman’ handed in an envelope containing £1,000 to the town hall to help with the unexpected festive lights bill.

The council had initially expected a bill of around £1,500 for stress testing the lighting brackets on High Street and were shocked to be invoiced for £4,100.

And this, taking into account the £3,500 cash in the lights fund and erection expenditure of around £3,000 left a black hole of £3,600.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, council chair Marion Short said: “I got a phone call on Monday morning from the town hall to say a retired gentleman had left an envelope for me but he would not give his identity. The envelope contained a note to say the enclosed was to help with the lights appeal and inside was £1000.

“I am attributing to this donation as a response to the Hawick News article last week and if he reads this we want to let him know how grateful we are all to him for this generosity.”

The Community Council has also had donations from Barrie Knitwear and the Weightlifting Club and has submitted an application to the Community Support Fund for £3,000.

Mrs Short added: “I have submitted an application to the Community Grant Scheme and received an acknowledgement advising that it could take up to eight weeks before the application is finalised.

And she continued: “However, this windfall of £1000 will certainly be put towards the follow up bill which will relate to the remedial work on ten plaques in the High Street, the actual re-testing of these plaques and the erection of the twelve plaques in the Howegate. All of this work is currently going out to tender and will commence in due course.”

Mrs Short added that the 2016 Christmas Parade will take place on December 1 at 6.00pm and further details will be made public nearer the time.

She said: “Liz Adams will shortly be sending out an email to all participants advising of this.

“The decision was taken following a recent meeting of the Sub Group and taking into consideration wishes and points made by existing and potential participants.”