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1 Scots parade through Hawick before move

Hawick prepares for 1 Scots parade Credit: ITV

1 Scots have been parading through Hawick this morning, ahead of their move to Northern Ireland.The parade was to say thank you to supporters in the South of Scotland.

Hundreds of people lined the High street to show their appreciation.1 Scots will move from their base at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh to Holywood, in Northern Ireland in August.

Hundreds of people lined the High street to show their appreciation to 1 Scots Credit: ITV

Hawick-a shows team spirit in Scotland

As part of the build-up to this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Queen's Baton Relay is making its way around Britain after visiting Commonwealth countries across the world.

It arrives in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders next month.

Hannah McNulty has been to see how some children in Hawick are preparing for their big moment.


Hawick's Haka to celebrate Scotland

Children in the Borders have been practising a routine they will perform next month as part of the celebrations to welcome the Queen's Baton Relay to Scotland, ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

It's called the Hawick-a, and combines the traditional New Zealand Haka and a Borders Common Riding song.

Olivia Roper from Scottish Borders Council says the Hawick-a is about celebrating Scottish culture.

New statue unveiled in Hawick

A new statue has been unveiled in Hawick town centre.

The bronze statue depicts the capturing of an English flag by a young man from the town.

Thousands lined the street to watch as this years Hawick Cornet unveiled the monument.

Ross Gibson said:"It tells the story perfectly because the young Callant brought the flag back and it was only the really old and the really young left in the town and it has got both. The detail in it is brilliant.

"It has been a perfect warm up with all the kids out cheering and I just can't wait for everything to get started now."

Hawick Cornet Ross Gibson unveils the statue Credit: ITV Border
The new statue on Hawick High Street
School children sing traditional songs Credit: ITV Border

Swapping the playing field for the battlefield

Nearly 2,000 school children from the Scottish Borders have been celebrating one of the most significant moments in Hawick's history.

The Battle of Hornshole took place 500 years ago today. The battle's remembered in the town's annual Common Riding celebrations. Part of the festivities included a re-enactment at the site of the battle.

Our reporter in the Borders, Jenny Longden, was there:

This year's Hawick Common Riding is 'extra special'

The re-enactment held for local school children in Hawick is the start of a summer long programme of common ridings and festivals in the Scottish Borders.

Pupils from Hawick High School re-created a moment of victory for the town Credit: ITV Border

The Battle of Hornshole is the basis for the annual Common Riding event, when hundreds of men ride the towns boundaries, led by the Cornet holding a flag.

This year, the event will have a special significance as it is 500 years since the battle took place.

Nearly 2,000 children took part Credit: ITV Border

Cllr Stuart Marshall, Honorary Hawick Provost, said:

"Hawick Common Riding is always a very special event, there is no two ways about that, but this year makes it even extra special because it is the 500 year anniversary of the events that took place at Hornshole."


Battling it out to celebrate 500 years of history

The Battle of Hornsole was one of the most significant events in the town's history Credit: ITV Border

Nearly two thousand school children from the Scottish Borders are, today, celebrating the anniversary of one of the most significant events in Hawick's history.

They'll be watching a re-enactment of the Battle of Hornshole which happened 500 years ago.

The battle, in which young men from the town defended it from invaders, is central to Hawick's Common Riding festival.

Rugby legend dies aged 81

Scottish rugby legend Hugh McLeod has passed away aged 81.

Throughout his career he played for Scotland, the Barbarians, the British Lions, and his home club Hawick RFC.

McLeod scores a try for Hawick, 1963 Credit: PA

McLeod captained Scotland 40 times between 1954 and 1962. He retired aged 29 because, as he said, "forty is a nice round figure."

At Hawick RFC, he was nicknamed the 'Hawick hardman', reflecting his performance on the field. He later became president.

Current Hawick president, Rory Bannerman, said:

"He was... a legend throughout the rugby world. He will be a well missed figure cycling up and down the High Street in Hawick where you didn't want to get in his way just like on the field. Hugh was probably the greatest ever player to pull on the green jersey for Hawick."

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