Unveiling Of The Monument 021Former Provost Myra Turnbull said Saturday's clan gathering celebrations were "a dream come true".

An estimated 600 Turnbulls from all over the world converged on the town for the historic event, which was organised as part of the Homecoming 2009 programme. And it came 32 years after the Clan Association was first formed by Mrs Turnbull and her late husband John.

She told the Hawick News: "It's going back 32 years when my husband and I started off the Association and it was his dream and vision to have a gathering. Saturday was the icing on the cake."

Kicking off the events was a march along the High Street in true clan style, followed by the unveiling of the 100,000 sculpture outside the Heritage Hub to commemorate the family name.

The piece, entitled Turn the Bull, was sculpted by Innerleithen artist Angela Hunter and features the first known Turnbull, William of Rule, dramatically 'turning the bull' that charged at King Robert the Bruce.

Mrs Turnbull said: "For Association president Wally Turnbull, the unveiling of the statue also saw his dream being realised and it must have been magnificent for him, it's such a marvellous sculpture."

Billed as "Totally Turnbull", the event also involved a far wider audience as visitors and Teries, young and old, joined in the occasion, whether it was cheering the gathering along the street as the 'Turnbull March' was played for the first time, or supporting the unveiling and witnessing the unfurling of a brand new flag.

Mrs Turnbull added: "The whole thing for me was quite an emotional occasion. The future of the town is tourism and this is another step in the right direction."

Hawick News Only - Thursday 23 July 2009