Ahead of polling day, we asked local candidates for the forthcoming General Election to give their views on Hawick and what they would do to better the Scottish Borders.
**Disclaimer: Project Hawick wishes to provide a neutral platform to allow candidates to express their views and policies. This post is not an endorsement of their candidacy or political stance.
Ian Davidson, Scottish Labour candidate for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk:
"Started serious campaign in Hawick on Saturday with a great group of Labour activists and Sally Prentice, Labour candidate for the Scottish Parliament by-election.
"The sun certainly shone on the righteous: it was a glorious morning, and we got a great reception to our leaflet promising a £10 an hour Minimum Wage. Lots of people telling us that they were glad to see Labour campaigning on their streets. Politeness costs nothing.
"Most political contests are generally good natured but it's another indication of how divided Scotland has become that now increasingly the minority who refuse a leaflet do so in an unpleasant manner. You can usually tell their affiliation by their style: Tories refuse with a superior sneer, Nats with a self righteous snarl.
"I always think those who make an effort should be encouraged rather than snubbed; after all they're trying to improve the world, no matter how deluded they may be. Thus, for a long time I've tended just to accept any leaflet offered. This could have given me a big collection of Specsaver brochures had there not usually been a bin handy.
"While getting ready to leaflet in Hawick on Saturday I had the pleasure of briefly meeting the past and present Provost. An excellent concept to reflect local pride and identity. As I watched them patrol their domain and greet their flock in paternal fashion I wondered what was the the collective noun for Provosts. A 'chain' of Provosts has a certain ring to it.
"As I arrived in Hawick on Saturday I saw John Lamont, the Tory candidate, and a helper or two. Then he vanished. Made me think of how he ran off from the Scottish Parliament. To resign his position as an MSP before the general election result is known means either he has supreme self confidence in his likelihood of success or he is fed up with serving under Ruth Davidson.
"The Tories seem to have it all worked out. One flits from Holyrood to Westminster, enabling another to claim an upgrade from the 2nd class seats in Holyrood to the vacated 1st class place, while yet another automatically moves, without public consent, from Borders Council to the Holyrood space created and no doubt, as I write, another Tory is being strapped up, ready to be parachuted into the consequential gap. I suppose when you are born to rule, or imbue the values of such people, the actual process of election must seem a terrible inconvenience."
Ann BrannanHe was in Glasgow not that long ago as a Labour mp. He's getting around
56 minutes ago
Keith OliverOH! Did he not see the large and very well manned SNP stall!
53 minutes ago · 1
Robin ElliotHe famously called the SNP "nazis" in the Commons chamber, said he would "bayonet the wounded" after 2014 referendum, and threatened a "doing" on an SNP MP when he chaired the Scottish affairs committee at Westminster.
FREE BIKE CHECKS this evening at the little park in front of Wilton Primary School. Find out if your bike is road / trail worthy and where to go to fix it if it needs some love. 6.00pm -7.00pm. £0. ...
Five miles north east of Earlston and just to the west of the village of Gordon, the surprisingly complete remains of Greenknowe Tower, also sometimes known as Greenknowe Castle, stand a hundred yards to the north of the A6105.
From the gate the access path leads up a gentle slope and around to the entrance, as usual for a tower house this is placed in the easily defended angle between the main body of the tower and the wing containing the spiral staircase.
Externally, Greenknowe Tower is in good condition, largely complete up to the original roof level, though part of one corner turret has collapsed at some point. The appearance of the tower is made all the more interesting by the use of red stone in parts of the structure, brightening up what would otherwise be a uniform grey. The tower would originally have been surrounded by a walled courtyard, and part of the courtyard surface can still be seen to its east.
Internally the kitchen on the ground floor retains its vaulted roof, but from the first floor hall upwards the tower is open to the skies. The spiral stair can be followed up to a platform at the upper floor level in the stair wing.
Greenknowe Tower was built in 1581 by a minor landowner, James Seton, and he lived here with his wife Janet Edmonstone. The lintel above the main entrance carries the date of construction, the shields of the Seton and Edmonstone families, and the initials IS and IE: the "I"s should be read for "J"s. The Seton family had owned land in the Parish of Gordon since marrying into the Gordon family: who in turn had been granted the estate by Malcolm II in 1018.
In the 1600s the tower was purchased by the Pringle family of Stichel, one resident being the noted Covenanter, William Pringle. By 1850 it was no longer lived in, and in 1937 it was placed in state care by the Dalrymple family, who also contributed towards its consolidation. Today Greenknowe Tower is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland #LoveBorders
*Thanks to undiscoveredscotland.co.uk for info & to Scenic Scotland for pic* ... See MoreSee Less