Promoter David back on old stomping ground

Concert promoter David Hunter
Concert promoter David Hunter

Although many a year has passed since David Hunter was an apprentice baker, he is still to this day using his ‘loaf’ to earn a ‘crust’ – albeit in the contrasting world of the entertainment industry.

David worked in the family business of Hunter the Bakers that had a bakehouse and shop in Drumlanrig Square, where Bliss Beauty Salon now stands. Nowadays, Hunter the Bakers has its premises in Lochpark Industrial Estate. It has long been under different ownership, however, the name of Hunter still remains.

Decades have indeed rolled on since a young David conjured up pies, rolls, bread and cakes from the ovens of that one-time west end bakery. But come Saturday, November 14, David is set to return to the grey auld toon as the man behind the Ultimate Tribute Show being staged at the town hall and featuring tribute acts to Buddy Holly, Tina Turner and Kylie Minogue.

One of life’s colourful characters, Manchester-based David left Hawick some 50 years ago. However, he is well remembered by those of a certain age in his home town.

During a recent visit to Hawick which brought back many memories, David reflected on his family’s time at Hunter the Bakers in Drumlanrig Square.

“My father David did the baking and my mother Betty was behind the counter in the shop. There was a horse-drawn baker’s van on big rubber wheels which Jackie Nichol took round the streets. The shop and van both did great business and we were famed for selling the best pies in Hawick.”

In his teens, David played full-back for Hawick Wanderers and made a name for himself as a goal kicker of great ability.

It was a heavy leather ball in those days but this meant nothing to David as he could put it between the posts from all sorts of angles.

Yours truly can vouch for this as I was a winger in that self same Wanderers side.

David’s rugby days were shortlived, though, as his father decided to leave the bakery business to open a shop in Edinburgh called Hawick Krafts which sold knitwear. The family moved to the capital and David never played rugby again.

Time has since marched on. So much so David left Edinburgh behind and in latter years has been heavily involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry, including promoting two shows at the leisure centre in 1994.

He explained: “I first of all brought sixties groups The Searchers, The Merseybeats as well as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes to the leisure centre. A while after this I put on a ladies’ night that featured male dancers and the leisure centre was packed.”

Looking ahead to the forthcoming town hall tribute show, David said: “Graham Holly is doing Buddy Holly, Dolly James – Tina Turner and Jeni Jaye – Kylie Minogue. They are all top-class acts and the town hall audience will just love them.”

He added: “If the show is a success I intend bringing groups such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, Showaddywaddy and Madness to Hawick.”

Tickets (buy ten pay for eight) are £15 main area, £12 balcony and available from Coopers Bar, Libby’s Pet Shop and the Vapour Shop.

The bar opens at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.15pm.