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Merchant Company award

Decades of service to the community of Selkirk and the surrounding area have seen David Mitchell honoured by the Merchant Company.

At the company’s winter function on Friday night, David was named Merchant Company personality of the year, with the Jim Oliver Memorial Award shield being presented by Master Jim Cockburn, with an accompanying scroll being handed over by 2014 Merchant Company Standard Bearer, Andrew Anderson.

“The award is only given out once in a while, so I was absolutely delighted to be chosen – chuffed to bits,” David, a grandfather of three, told The Wee Paper this week.

And among the family members present to see him receive the honour on Friday, were David’s wife, Agnes, and their three daughters, Lesley, Karen and Yvonne.

Included among David’s period of service for the community is 50 years as secretary of the town’s local angling club, plus 60 years as a member of the Boys’ Brigade, which includes half-a-century’s service as a BB officer.

A familiar sight at the Royal Burgh’s Common Riding every June, shooting video of the big day, David has been a member of the Merchant Company since 1976.

“The award can be given to anyone in Selkirk – they don’t have to be a member of the Merchant Company to be eligible,” explained David, who worked at Heather Mills in the town before retiring in 2003.

And Mr Cockburn paid tribute to David: “This award is in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service to Selkirk, the surrounding area and beyond.

“David is one of life’s true gentlemen and a very worthy recipient of this award.”

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