Short lambasts detractors

Marion Short
Marion Short

Community council chair Marion Short has hit out at critics of the town’s festive arrangements, writes Jason Marshall.

“They didn’t find out the true facts first,” said Mrs Short, who admitted the countdown to Christmas had been problematic.

Alluding to the festive lights failing health and safety regulations, Mrs Short said: “It cost us £750 per day for two days for an engineer to fail the lights, despite them weighing only 35 kilos but having to test for 500 kilos. This will cost us a great deal of money to rectify, coupled with insurance premiums rising from £400 to £600.”

She added: “We took the decision not to send out begging letters to shops and businesses [for the Christmas lights], but we said in an article in the Hawick News that donations would be gratefully accepted. But not one donation has been received.”

The community council faced a barrage of criticism on Facebook over the lights issue, and was also ordered to take down a Christmas parade banner at the top of Duke Street on road safety grounds.