Duns flag to fly over New Hawthorn Park pitch

Natalie and Colin Pike with the Duns 1974 flag which will fly above the new pitches

Natalie and Colin Pike with the Duns 1974 flag which will fly above the new pitches

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Duns Football Club will have a permanent piece of history fluttering overhead when they embark on a new era next season.

The club, who are setting up home at the pitches at the old Berwickshire High School, are set to rename the ground New Hawthorn Park.

And to remind them of their past, a flag from the original Hawthorn Park, which last flew 40 years ago, will be unfurled.

The flag flew over the old stand at Hawthorn Park which was burned down after the last game there in 1974.

“Fortunately, someone had the sense the lower the flag before they set fire to the stand,” said chairman Colin Pike.

“Since then it has been in the care of the Dunse History Society.

“I learned of its existence and got in touch with Ronald Morrison, who is the Society’s secretary.

“The plan now is to purchase a flag pole, and when we play our first game on the new pitches there will be an official ceremony to unfurl it again.

“The flag is over 40 years old and is not in the best condition, but it is part of the club’s history and will be a permanent reminder of the past.”