Jackson Distillers renews support for Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame Dinner

Black tie event will be on 11th April, kicking off a weekend celebrating the abbreviated game at the Greenyards

Collins Injera, Lisa Thomson and Eric Paxton were inducted into the Melrose 7s Hall of Fame at last year's celebratory dinner. Image: Rob Gray Photograpghy
Collins Injera, Lisa Thomson and Eric Paxton were inducted into the Melrose 7s Hall of Fame at last year's celebratory dinner. Image: Rob Gray Photograpghy

SCOTTISH Borders based Jackson Distillers is continuing its support of the celebrated Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame Dinner in 2024.

Last year’s event, attended by over 200 Rugby Sevens enthusiasts, saw some of the all-time greats of Rugby Sevens inducted into the Hall of Fame in local legend Eric Paxton, current Scotland and GB Sevens player Lisa Thomson and international Sevens legend Collins Injera.

The prestigious 2024 Hall of Fame Dinner will take place on Thursday 11th April 2024 ahead of the Sevens Weekend kicking off on Friday with a day focused on grassroots youth rugby, followed by the world-renowned 1883 Centenary Cup and Mike Bleasdale Cup tournaments on Saturday.

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“The Hall of Fame Dinner was a real highlight of the Melrose Sevens last year,” said Tournament Director, Phil Morris. “We are delighted that Jackson Distillers, now an integral part of the event, are continuing to support it and we are very grateful for all their efforts ensuring the dinner is once again a huge success.”

Founder and CEO of Jackson Distillers Ltd and Past President and Past Chairman of Melrose Rugby, Trevor Jackson, added: “Jackson Distillers is passionate about the Scottish Borders and the long-term sustainability of its rural community. Melrose Sevens is one of the regions most celebrated events and an important economic driver for many, we are delighted to play a part in the supporting the event and celebrating the commitment of those who have left a permanent mark on rugby. We look forward to attending another wonderful event in April.”

Tickets for the black tie dinner on Thursday 11th April are limited; the event is being held in the luxurious, heated, 1883 VIP marquee situated on the main car park at the Greenyard, and will start at 7pm after a warm welcome from the Melrose District Pipe Band.

  • The Jackson Distillers’ St Boswells Distillery, based at Charlesfield Industrial estate in the Scottish Borders, will be Scotland’s lowest carbon grain distillery.
    The proposals for the distillery will see value added to locally grown cereals, using up-to-date distilling technology, adding to the circular economy, reducing carbon emissions and maximising recycling with zero waste to landfill.
    It will produce 20 million litres of pure alcohol annually to meet the growing demand for grain whisky for use in the Scotch Whisky blending and a Scottish grain-neutral spirit (GNS) for gin and vodka.
    Only one other grain whisky distillery has opened in Scotland in the last quarter century. There are currently seven grain whisky distilleries operational; however most were built over 50 years ago and will require significant investment to be resource efficient.
    The development near St Boswells will create 20 permanent high-value jobs and an additional 200 jobs through the construction phase, developing skills and training opportunities locally and generating significant ecnomic value for the Scottish Borders.

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