BORDER Bowmen are mentioned in the verses of the popular Hawick Common Riding song Teribus and are, indeed, a part of Hawick’s history as a result, writes John Slorance.
Their association with the town is long gone, you may think.
But the Border Bowmen have risen from the ashes and, what’s more, can be found at the old Hawick baths.
For this is the appropriate title that has been given to a new archery club which was formed in late September.
And they have been a-quiver ever since.
This trusty band of archers, made up of Ross MacLeod, Roy Murray, Kate Murray, Michael Murray, Leigh Christie and Sarah Emmerson, have been hitting the target by gaining honours in recent competitions.
Former Trades rugby player MacLeod, a current East of Scotland archery champion, told The Southern: “We all used to belong to the Eastcote Archery Centre at Denholm, but we decided to break away and form our own club.
“Michael came up with the name Border Bowmen as they feature in a Hawick song. It’s a great name as it associates us with the town.
“We’re a very small club and few people even know we exist, but hopefully we can start to get new members.
“Although it’s a minority sport, archery is great and I’ve really enjoyed it since I took it up.
“There are a lot of archery clubs in the region and I think it’s brilliant that Hawick has one of its own as we’ve had some excellent archers in the past, including world champions.”
Talking of the club’s premises in the former Hawick baths, Roy Murray said: “Outside the building might be nothing to look at, but inside it has everything we need.
“We share the range with Hawick Gun Club who have made us feel really welcome. I’ve been round the block in archery and feel we have a good little club with a big future here.”
And Michael Murray, who is poised to get involved in coaching, added: “We’ve been in competitions and have done very well so far.
“Archery, however, isn’t all about competitions, it’s about enjoying taking part and you can have great fun just firing at the targets.”
The Border Bowmen recently had success competing in the Lasswade Open. Staged annually on Remembrance Sunday, the event attracts competitors from all over the country and is a British record status shoot.
MacLeod lifted the C Class medal with a score of 576, while in the gents’ recurve Michael Murray came in second with a score of 578.
Star of the day, however, was the Border Bowmens’ youngest member, 15-year-old Sarah Emmerson. Taking part in her first competition, she won the under-16 girls’ recurve, as well as becoming overall girls’ champion.
She said: “I was very surprised to win as I didn’t think I had much of a chance.”