Callants Club unveils Cornets board: 17 May 2014
Callants Club chairman Derick Tait and Cornet Ross Gibson are joined by many of the town's Flag-bearers from yesteryear at the board unveiling
The names of every Hawick Cornet since records began are now on permanent display after the unveiling of a unique oak board just before Saturday's Roberton ride, writes John Slorance.
Commissioned by the Callants Club as part of the quincentenary year commemorations, the board hangs in the vennel outside the Textile Towerhouse and is a wonderful new landmark and something Hawick can be proud of.
At a reception in the Towerhouse ahead of the unveiling, Callants Club president Derick Tait told guests, among whom were Cornet Ross Gibson and Provost Stuart Marshall: "Today marks the unveiling of the Cornets Board – the main contribution by the Callants Club to this year's proceedings. And having had a sneak preview I can tell you that we now have a magnificent addition to the Common-Riding narrative.
"Manufactured and decorated locally, it is a tribute to the local craftsmen who have contributed – Alec Cuthbertson, Ray Nichol and Colin Wilson. So thank you very much, gentlemen. Thanks also must go to Scottish Borders Council for permission to position the board in such an illustrious location."
Mr Tait also thanked club members Burnett Smith, Sandy Laing, Bernie Armstrong and Ronnie Nichol – making special mention of the latter who came up with the idea of the board and who had so generously given up his own time to drive the project through to completion.
Following a song by club singer Bernie Armstrong, the board was unveiled by the Cornet and president Tait.