Plea goes out to help keep festival ‘alive’

This year’s Summer Festival will be axed unless an influx of volunteers comes forward at Tuesday’s annual general meeting.

That was the stark admission by festival chairman Gerry Monaghan who said it’s “crunch time” for the event which has been held annually in the town for more than 30 years.

And Provost Stuart Marshall says it will be a “sad day” if the festival’s immediate future cannot be secured.

A small number of Teries have already expressed an interest in helping out following an article in the Hawick News last month, but more volunteers are needed.

Mr Monaghan commented: “We’ve had so many hard-working committee members in recent years, but gradually people have reached a stage where they have given enough and have made the decision to move on to pastures new.

“And without a committee of volunteers it is simply impossible to continue. Tuesday evening is very much crunch time for us.”

Provost Marshall said: “I can only hope that the AGM brings a large turnout of concerned members of the public and that a larger committee is formed, otherwise I think it will be yet another sad day for the town.”

Organising secretary Graham Ford added: “Many people are reluctant to join committees as they worry it will take up too much time. But we hold just one meeting a month leading up to August and then step things up slightly on the eve of the festival.

“If we can recruit enough volunteers the workload will reduce and keep the festival alive.”

Tuesday’s AGM will be held in the leisure centre at 7pm.