Viv Sharp memorial finally gets go-ahead

The family and friends of one of Hawick’s best loved townsmen were given the green light to erect a memorial to him at the Auld Man’s Seat this week.

After months of wrangling and disappointment, a new bench and a plaque will be installed in memory of Viv Sharp at the popular West end resting place between Rosebank and Crumhaugh Hill.

And the man behind the campaign is delighted that the project has been given the go ahead.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Mo Wear, who spent months in talks with Hawick Community Council and Common Good Fund said: “I am over the moon that we have finally been given permission to erect this memorial to Viv. Even the disappointments have been worthwhile. I have been at this for almost a year and I am delighted that it is finally going to happen.”

Mr Wear had originally hoped to build a memorial to his friend at St Leonard’s Hut but this was vetoed by Hawick Community Councillors and received little support from the Common Good fund. Concerns were expressed that a precedent would be set and that an alternative site should be sought.