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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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.

Morphine stolen from Hawick care home

Ten vials of straight morphine have been stolen from a care centre in Hawick.

The 10mg clear glass bottles are believed to have been taken from a secure cupboard some time between 17 March and 30 March.

"We would like to warn people about the dangers of straight morphine as even a small amount of morphine could prove fatal. If anyone has information that could help with our inquiries they are urged to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Police Constable Nicola Adamson, Police Scotland

Hawick house break-in

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after £640 worth of goods were stolen from a Hawick flat.

The break-in happened sometime between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 5th March at an address on Gladstone Street.

Electrical goods including a TV and games console were taken.

Police are asking witnesses that saw anything suspicious in the area at that time to get in touch.


Respects paid to Cllr Zandra Elliot

Politicians and colleagues have joined family and friends to pay their respects to Councillor Zandra Elliot at her funeral in Hawick today.

The former Honorary Mayor of Hawick died of heart problems in hospital on Saturday, 22 February.

Among those in attendance at Teviot Church this morning were MP Michael Moore, MSP John Lamont and councillors from Scottish Borders Council.

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