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Hawick holds alternative torch celebrations

Thousands of locals have lined the streets as Hawick stages its own Olympic torch procession. The town was one of the few major Borders locations not to be included in the official torch relay.

Hawick's own torch Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people watched as a homemade replica of the Olympic Torch was paraded through the streets. The town decided to hold its own celebrations when it was missed off the list of locations the real torch will visit when it reaches the Borders on Thursday. Hundreds of children from local schools took part.

Alan Williamson is the rector at Hawick high school, he explained to ITV Border's reporter Kathryn Samson who was involved in the parade and how the celebrations unfolded:

Everyone was in the Olympic spirit Credit: ITV Border
The torch was made by a local jeweller Credit: ITV Border

Former olympian David Stark explained that today's procession has made Hawick feel part of the torch relay celebrations:

Torch bearers Credit: ITV Border
The parade Credit: ITV Border