The project is expected to start in the summer of 2013 and be complete by spring 2018.

Lottery Boost for Hawick park

Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick looks set to get a major facelift thanks to a two and a half million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Polish soldiers exhibition

A new exhibition in Hawick explores how influential Polish culture is in the Borders and features rare artefacts from soldiers in WW2.

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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."

Chanel promise 100 new jobs in the Borders

Chanel have announced they will be taking on 100 new staff in the Borders.

Bruno Pavlovsky, the company's fashion president, made the announcement on a visit to the Barrie Knitwear factory in Hawick.

He praised their efforts since the luxury goods firm took over the from Dawson International in October 2012.

"The people here have been fantastic. They have been so supportive of all the developments, working extra shifts to build this extra success and to continue that we need to find new people. We need to recruit."

– Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President of Chanel

The 100 new jobs would add to the existing 176-strong workforce at Barrie Knitwear.

The Barrie brand of cashmere clothing will launch next month and will be sold at 40 of the world's top clothing stores.

A dedicated boutique will open in Paris in June with a London store also being considered.

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