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Here Callants once at Flodden's fight
Renowned for deeds of matchless might
When Scotland's valour sank in night
Shone Hawick's on the Border.
And long as Hornshole Brig shall stand
That trusty valour through the land
Shall tell the story proud and grand
Of Hawick on the Border.

J L Hercus

2016 Smoker: 13th May

Callants Club officials, members and guests join newest member Cornet Euan Reilly at the smoker in the Town Hall  (Photograph courtesy of Derick Thomson)

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Congratulatory Smoker for Cornet Euan Reilly, Friday 13 May 2016

Callants' Club president Bernie Armstrong has given Cornet Euan Reilly a ringing endorsement as Cornet 2016.

Addressing last Friday night's congratulatory smoker in the town hall, Bernie told the 190-strong company that when word got round in January that Euan had been chosen to carry the ancient Banner Blue, he knew "the right choice had been made".

He continued: "Here we have a young man from a family steeped in the customs and traditions of oor ain auld toon, a young callant with a passion for the Common-Riding bred into him from both sides [of his family]."

The president also said he had been impressed by the Cornet's polite manner, his commitment to the job in hand, and his ability to take a moment with both young and old.

And turning to Euan, Bernie added: "I've no doubt you will endear yourself to the townsfolk of Hawick and become a role model for the young callants who will follow on."

As a memento of the occasion, the Cornet then received a Callants' Club pack including songbooks and CDs.

In reply, Euan said he was "chuffed to bits" to be at the smoker as this year's Cornet, and talked of the "great honour" of becoming the club's newest and youngest member.

He continued: "Gentlemen, it's now ten days since my election, and what an amazing time I'm having. So far, I've had the honour of leading two ride-outs, and the support I've received has been overwhelming, young yins and auld yins coming oot in their hunders."

The Cornet added that he could not wait to take the hill road to Roberton [the following day], and said he was fully aware of the responsibilities that the position of Cornet carried, and pledged to give his duties the respect they deserved.

Proceedings were superbly conducted under the chairmanship of president Armstrong, who also presented Euan with his club badge.

Other toasts were: The Acting Father, Callants' Club vice-president David Chapman (reply, Stuart Sharkey); The Right and Left, Callants' Club council member Jye Reilly (reply, ex-Cornets Gregor Hepburn and Ross Gibson); The Chairman, Ian Lowes.

Silver Jubilee Cornet Gary Scott and his Acting Father Robert Charters were also asked to say a few words in recognition of their special year. Golden Jubilee Cornet Carswell Imrie had undergone a small operation and was unable to attend the smoker.

Other toasts were: The Acting Father, Callants' Club vice-president David Chapman (reply, Stuart Sharkey); The Right and Left, Callants' Club council member Jye Reilly (reply, ex-Cornets Gregor Hepburn and Ross Gibson); The Chairman, Ian Lowes.

Silver Jubilee Cornet Gary Scott and his Acting Father Robert Charters were also asked to say a few words in recognition of their special year. Golden Jubilee Cornet Carswell Imrie had undergone a small operation and was unable to attend the smoker.

Callants Club Member and Leader of the Drum and Fife Band, Ian Anderson, gave a moving personal tribute to Ronnie Nichol, the late leader of the Band and President of the Club in 2010, who Ian considered to be a wonderful ambassador and servant of Hawick.

Those who entertained the company with song and recitation were Iain H. Scott, Bert Armstrong, Robert Scott, Douglas Telfer, Doug Riddell, Scott Lambie, ex-Cornet Philip Murray, David Chapman, Alan Brydon, the Drums and Fifes, David Finnie (with Drew Gibb accompanying on piano), Ian Landles, Drew Johnston, ex-Acting Father Malcolm Grant, Drew Gibb, John Tait, ex-Cornet Ian Nichol, official Common-Riding song-singer Michael Aitken, ex-Acting Father Henry Douglas, ex-Cornet Chris Ritson and Ronnie Tait. The pianist was Ian Landles.

A memorable evening of excellent songs, fine poetry and top-notch speeches concluded in time-honoured fashion with Michael Aitken leading a spirited rendering of Teribus with 22 "Cornets Up".