Julie and Hugh enter Hall of Fame

THE sporting achievements of two well-known Teries were celebated on Saturday night with the induction of Hugh McLeod and Julie Forrest into the Scottish Borders Hall of Fame.

The Scottish rugby legend and world champion bowler were amongst five new members introduced to the Hall of Fame at the James Maclean annual Celebration of Sport dinner at * in Kelso at the weekend.

Since its inception to the annual event in 2005, in a bid to recognise names syonymous with sport, the current role call of members sits at 30 people – and none are more worthy than Hugh McLeod OBE.

The fromer Hawick prop made his Scotland debut on January 9, 1954, aged just 21, and earned 40 consecutive caps before calling it a day. He beat Wales, Ireland, France, Australia and almost beat South Africa in the Republic, and on three occasions drew with England 3-3. He became Scotland's most capped player at the time, toured South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada with exciting British Lion teams, and was a renowned fitness fanatic long before it was fashionable.

After accepting his award on Saturday night, Hugh told the Hawick News: "It is 45 years since I played rugby, but I am pleased to have been recognised and enjoyed the event."

Also deservedly sharing the limelight was fellow Teri and sporting success Julie Forrest, whose bowling accolades include being three times World Champion. Julie's illustrious bowling career began in Hawick when she won numerous titles, including the Teviotdale Indoor Ladies Singles Championships ten times.

She went on to scoop numerous Scottish Championships as well as the Scottish Masters title three years in succession, but her greatest achievements were the British Isles Singles and World Indoor Bowls Singles titles in 2004, and the World Bowls Mixed Pairs in 2002 and 2003.Hugh and Julie join fellow Teries Bill McLaren and Jim Telfer in the Hall of Fame.