Honours for Berwickshire men
Two Berwickshire men have been given BEMs in the Queen's new year honours list for being good sports.
Jock Law, 82, was rewarded for services to his community in Coldstream, and Duns sports coach Pete Hardie’s was honoured for services to tennis and badminton.
A former Coldstream Guard, Jock spent over 20 years managing swimming pools at Duns, Eyemouth and Haddington. He also spent eight years as a Scottish Borders councillor representing Coldstream and was one of the founders, and is current chairman, of the town’s men’s shed.
Jock moved to Coldstream from Morebattle in 1946 and has lived there since with wife Sheena. They have two sons, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The general view in Coldstream is that it was about time Jock’s contribution was acknowledged.
“It’s only taken 60 years,” joked Jock. “If you stick in you will get there! I’m quite happy about it and it’s nice to know someone has noticed.”
When he came out of the Army in the 1950s Jock’s community involvement started with the Boys Brigade. Since then he has been a leading light with Coldstream Football Club, the town’s civic week committee, and was chairman of the committee that converted St Cuthbert’s church on Coldstream High Street into a community centre.
Many in the town remember his leadership during the severe snow storms in 2001 when Coldstream was cut off and without electricity.
A tennis coach for over 25 years and a badminton coach for more than 40, Peter Hardie has taught more than 2,000 youngsters across the Borders both sports, and continues to do so at the age of 70.
The retired Scottish Borders Council gardener, named as Duns’ citizen of the year in 2015, and wife Anne have two children, Peter and Clare.
“I’m really chuffed with this, but I just couldn’t believe it,” said Peter, who continues to inspire and guide the next generation of young athletes in Berwickshire.
Five other Borderers were honoured. There were OBEs for: former convener of Scottish Borders Council, Graham Garvie,; Teresa Tennant, from Innerleithen, for services to sustainable investment; and Raymond Entwistle, from Lauder, for services to the arts. BEMs went to CHAS fundraiser Isabella Halliday, Hawick, and Sandra Plasting from Kelso, manager at Queen’s House Nursing Home.