2014 smoker: 16 May
Callants Club officials, members and guests join newest member Cornet Ross Gibson at the smoker in the Town Hall
Ross joins illustrious club with Hawick at its heart
Cornet Ross Gibson joined a long line of illustrious predecessors last Friday night when he became the newest member of Hawick Callants Club.
The club was established 110 years ago with the aims of cultivating local sentiment, preserving the ancient customs and institutions in Hawick and fostering local art and literature.
And if Friday night is anything to go by the club has certainly achieved what it set out to do more than a century ago.
In his Toast to the Cornet, Callants Club President Derick Tait said: "Time and time again, history has proved to us that to be elected a Hawick Cornet you don't have to be the strongest kid, the cleverest kid and you don't have to be the most sophisticated kid on the block. What you have to be is a constructive member of the community.
"Well, there's no doubt that Ross Gibson is a constructive member of our community. Not only has he represented the town playing rugby at all levels up to and including the wearing of the green jersey, he has given generously of his time to help coach the youngsters at Hawick. He knows what's right: since his election, he's spoken of a duty, a service, and a chance to do something for the town.
"With a pedigree like that, gentlemen, there can be little doubt that he is fully deserving of the honour that has been bestowed on him."
And he added poignantly: "Cornet, to whom much is given, much is asked and much will be asked of you over the next few weeks in terms of personal sacrifice. The burden of Hawick's history has been placed on your shoulders and it is no small burden. Our history is a history of the ordinary man and woman, where ordinary folk and family ties righted wrongs and protected land and belongings. It is a history which has passed down the generations and a history which has shaped the town we know and love today."
Members and guests were treated to an evening of first class entertainment from, amongst others, Bernie Armstrong, Bert Armstrong, Michael Aitken, Henry Douglas and Ronnie Tait. The evening was brought to a close by the singing of Teribus and Cornets Up.