Threat to games future

Davie Paterson against flowerbeds being 'grassed' over
Davie Paterson against flowerbeds being 'grassed' over

ORGANISERS have warned this could be the final year of the Hawick Highland Games, writes Gavin Gibbon.

The popular event, which takes place on Sunday at Mansfield Park, has been thrown into jeopardy because of a lack of committee members and funding.

Games chairman Davie Paterson (pictured), told the Hawick News: “I think it would be a great shame if Hawick lost out on yet another event. It has been a regular fixture on the Hawick calendar and we are hoping many people come down on Sunday.”

The event promises to hit the right note from the off with the Hawick Pipe Band and Scout Fellowship Pipe Band starting from Wetherspoon’s at 11.45am and marching past the town hall at 11.50am.

Fresh from carrying out his Common-Riding duties, Cornet Michael Davidson is the chieftain of this year’s games.

Down at Mansfield Park there will be fun for all the family.

Gates open at 11am with the Highland dancing competition starting shortly afterwards. There will also be the usual heavy events, children’s entertainment, tug of war, welly boot throwing and haggis hurling for ladies.

Mr Paterson added: “We are all praying that the rain stays away and hopefully we’ll get a lot of people through the gates.