Focus on Jack at Galashiels photographic award ceremony

Jack Nichol, of Manse Street, Galashiels, with the Alastair Watson Memorial Award presented to him by NUJ Scottish organiser Paul Holleran at Galashiels Royal British Legion on 12-12-15. Also pictured are his parents, local union officals and other Borders journalists

Jack Nichol, of Manse Street, Galashiels, with the Alastair Watson Memorial Award presented to him by NUJ Scottish organiser Paul Holleran at Galashiels Royal British Legion on 12-12-15. Also pictured are his parents, local union officals and other Borders journalists

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Galashiels youngster Jack Nichol proudly displays the Alastair Watson Memorial Award presented to him in the town’s Royal British Legion on Saturday night.

Standing next to Jack, on his right, is Paul Holleran, the National Union of Journalists’ Scottish organiser, who made the presentation. Also flanking Jack are his parents, David and Alison. Local union officials and other Borders journalists are pictured too.

The award, aimed at recognising the work of young photographers, was launched in memory of photographer Alastair, who died two years ago. He worked for the Tweeddale Press Group, publishers of The Southern Reporter, for almost four decades.

Covering Borders common ridings and festivals was a major part of his work and National Union of Journalists colleagues felt this topic should be the subject of the award.

Jack’s entry, “Fletcher Remembers”, was taken at this year’s Selkirk Common Riding and shows the procession passing the Fletcher statute on the way to the Casting of the Colours ceremony.