Tribute night for Viv raises over £900

Viv Sharp singing at Hawick Common-Riding June 2009
Viv Sharp singing at Hawick Common-Riding June 2009

A TRIBUTE night to ‘one of Hawick’s great men’, the late Viv Sharp, last week raised more than £900 for charity.

The town’s Burns Club was packed last Friday night as family and friends listened to song, recitations and stories about the much-loved entertainer and past president and life member of Hawick Linden RFC.

Compere for the evening was Ian Nichol and Hawick’s Drew Gibb, John Tait, Michael Aitken, Joyce Tinlin, Malcolm Grant, Graeme Robertson and Laurie Coburn entertained, Dougie Telfer gave recitations and Ian Seeley played a piano medley of some of Viv’s most popular songs, while ‘Rab’ Robertson sang in the style of the late singer.

Other highlights included the trio of Michael Aitken, John Tait and Joyce Tinlin performing a song specially written by Ian Landles and Alan Brydon, “I Like Viv Sharp the Best” and between the musical entertainment, former Scotland caps Ian Barnes and Jim Renwick recalled stories of Viv’s life.

The evening raised £930 for Borders Red Cross.