PLANS for a new monument in the town to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Hornshole took a huge step forward this week.
The £100,000 project, to be funded by the Common-Riding committee, has been given the support of Scottish Borders Council.
At a meeting on Tuesday, members of the local authority’s executive agreed to “take ownership” once the statue is built and meet maintenance costs of £200 a year.
Common-Riding committee chairman Stuart Marshall told the Hawick News: “I am delighted that this project has received the support of the Executive and now we can begin to plan ahead for what I’m sure will be a very fitting tribute to our town’s past from the Common-Riding committee.”
The new statue depicts five figures, which includes an older couple, a young boy and girl and a young Callant with Flag in hand.
It has been decided that the new monument will be positioned outside Drumlanrig’s Tower, in the line of sight of The Horse statue, which was unveiled in 1914 as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations.
Peebles-based sculptor Ruaraig Maciver, from the Beltane Studios, has been commissioned to carry out the work.
Beltane Studios is one of the few remaining foundries which specialise in traditional bronze casting. As well as creating their own bronze sculptures including the Jean Armour Memorial, they have also worked closely with renowned sculptor Andy Scott on the Ibrox Disaster Memorial statue of John Greig, the Jim Baxter Memorial and the globe for the Thanksgiving Beacon in Belfast
The monument is one of several ideas put forward to celebrate the quincentenary in three years time.
Mr Marshall added: “While there are some very exciting projects under way by various Common-Riding clubs, we must also ensure that our Common-Riding of 2014 and its traditions are upheld in the manner that we are all accustomed to.”