Talks throw up plans for live events in bowling hall

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MOVES are afoot which would see the return of live bands, cabaret nights and all manner of entertainment to the Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

Initiated by the Summer Festival committee, talks have been taking place between TLC manager Stuart Holmes, Councillor Stuart Marshall and indoor bowling club committee member John Darling, with a view to utilising the green during the summer months.

And the Hawick News can reveal that funding, in the region of £8,000, is being sought to buy covering for the carpet.

Summer Festival chairman Raymond Wood explained: “We have been having weekly meetings to see if the bowling hall at the TLC can be utilised for other events during the summer months when it’s not being used by the bowlers.

“When we looked at the bowling hall we realised it was such a great venue and wasn’t getting used to its full potential in the summer and if we could, we should look into changing it to be used for other things.”

The bowling facility was just one of the areas highlighted during the recent consultation into the future of the TLC as Teries recalled acts such as Runrig and Acker Bilk playing there, weddings being held in the venue and the former ‘pink rink’ ice-skating attraction.

Mr Wood added: “It is important to note that this exciting initiatives not just about Hawick Summer Festival, but is about opening up the TLC for the whole of Hawick.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive officer of the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust, who run the TLC, revealed that discussions had taken place with other groups as well as the Summer Festival.

He said: “We support the idea of creating additional leisure space at TLC during the summer months. However, I cannot really comment further until the proposal and details are further worked through.”