Hawick’s Christmas parade

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Bumper crowds turned out to watch Hawick Community Council’s annual Christmas parade along the High Street on Saturday.

Teries, both young and old, entered into the festive spirit and organiser Marion Short said it is the best she has ever seen.

Speaking this week, the Community Council chair commented: “I would like to thank all those who participated in the Christmas Parade last Saturday and also those who turned out to watch the parade.

“This parade is only successful due to the number of folks who do participate and thereby create a general feeling of goodwill and excitement in the run-up to Christmas.”

The standard of this year’s float entries was very high and were judged by the High School’s head boy and girl, with best float award going to Sam Deans’ Fitness Studio and Wilton Primary School winning the best children’s award.

The most humorous category was won by Hawick Operatic Society, while the Ex-servicemen and Royal British Legion won the best walking group prize.

Mrs Short added: “Everyone seemed to enjoy the event, whether participating or spectating.

“Special thanks must be made to Alan Smith and Ronnie Nichol for assisting with the erection and dismantling of the street-side lights and Burnett Smith for towing the sleigh.

“Evelyn and Gilbert Sangster for judging the window competition, and Davie Hall and his team at SBC for dealing with the sleigh lights.

“And finally, to the members of my council, councillors Stuart Marshall and Alastair Cranston, several senior pupils from Hawick High School, the Fire Brigade and others from the various clubs who acted as stewards and carried collection buckets, and, of course, to Santa himself.”

The raffle will be drawn next week with prizes donated by SSE, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Huttons and Borders Glass.