Hawick

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Coordinates: 55°25′26″N 2°47′02″W / 55.424°N 2.784°W / 55.424; -2.784

Hawick (pronounced /ˈhɔɪk/ ( listen) hoyk; Scottish Gaelic: Hamhaig[1]) is a town in the Scottish Borders in the south east of Scotland. It is best-known for its annual Common Riding.

It is one of the farthest towns from the sea in Scotland, in the heart of Teviotdale and the largest town in the former county of Roxburghshire. It is also known for quality knitwear production.

Hawick has distinctive sandstone buildings with slate roofs.

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Local Traditions

The town host the annual Common Riding, which combines the annual riding of the boundaries of the town's common land with the commemoration of a victory of local youths over an English raiding party in 1514. In March 2007 this was described by the Rough Guide tourism guide as one of the best parties in the world.[2]

People from Hawick call themselves "Teries", after a traditional song which includes the line "Teribus ye teri odin".

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