New president takes over at Hawick Callants Club

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Bernie Armstrong is the new president of the Hawick Callants Club. He takes over from Frank Scott, who stepped down at the AGM.

The outgoing president described 2015 as a “landmark year” for the club.Recalling the trip to the Gallipoli in July, Frank Scott said it was a special honour and to lay wreaths on behalf of the club.

Frank Scott: standing down

Frank Scott: standing down

He did so 99 years after his Great Grandfather had laid a wreath at The Horse on 12 July 1916. Five of his direct descendents were on the battlefield and at the wreath laying on the Turkish peninsula on 12 July 2015.

Approximately 50 members were at the annual general meeting in the Border Club, where members and office bearers reflected on the club’s various achievements and challenges throughout the year.

Thanks were given to webmasters Jim Peat and Mark Palmer and web editor Dave Bogle for their hard work on the the club website throughout the year.

Dave has now retired from the job as web editor and the Club are looking for a replacement.

The elections of office bearers and officials for 2016 were made as follows: Hon Secretary – Brian Tait; Hon Treasurer– Scott Elliot; Hon Chaplain– Rev. Charles Finnie; Hon Accompanist –Ian Landles.

The three members of Council elected to replace, Neil Anderson, Dr Ross Cameron and Jim Peat who retire by rotation, were Drew Penman, Jamie McHugh and Norman Taylor.

They join, Ex-Cornet David Blacklock, Norman Leadbetter, Mark Palmer, David Chapman, Malcolm Grant, and Ex-Cornet Jamie Richardson.

The President thanked Past President Derick Tait for putting his faith in him and offered thanks to him for all his help and indeed his work for the Club during the year.

He also took the opportunity to thank Secretary Brian Tait, Treasurer Scott Elliot, all the members of the Council and the Club members for their support and for making 2015 a good year for the Club.

The president introduced Bernie Armstrong, the new president for 2016, and presented him with the chain of office and his president’s badge.

President Armstrong said it was with great pride and pleasure that he accepted his badge and chain of office and it was an immense honour to lead the club as president in the coming year.

He also said that the club’s founding fathers had created something rich and unique and that he would strive to continue the great work of those who had gone before.

He congratulated the outgoing president on a job very well done.

President Armstrong then announced that David Chapman would be his vice president and this was warmly approved by those present.

David said he was honoured to become vice president and was looking forward to the three years ahead.

President Armstrong then announced that the annual dinner would be held at Hawick Rugby Club on Friday March 4, 2016.

The guest will be Billy young, Ex- Langholm Cornet, who the president says is the best after dinner speaker in the Borders.

Other speakers are Kenny McCartney, Drew Penman and Roddy McIntyre.