Jock and Jean’s diamond day

Left to Right back row - Neil McCrudden, Clerk of Works; Duncan McLeod, Painter; Ryan Thorburn, Apprentice Plumber; Drew Bradshaw, Foreman; Graham Arres, Electrician; Graham Forbes, Joiner; David Kyle, Plumber.  Front Row Mr and Mrs Moffat.

Left to Right back row - Neil McCrudden, Clerk of Works; Duncan McLeod, Painter; Ryan Thorburn, Apprentice Plumber; Drew Bradshaw, Foreman; Graham Arres, Electrician; Graham Forbes, Joiner; David Kyle, Plumber. Front Row Mr and Mrs Moffat.

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THE region’s largest social landlord has begun a £6million programme of improvement works to its properties.

And there was a pleasant surprise last week for longstanding tenants Jock and Jean Moffat whose house in Ancrum is being upgraded with a new kitchen, bathroom and heating system by the Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA).

When workmen heard that Jock and Jean were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary they contacted their bosses who arranged for a bouquet to be presented to the couple, who have been tenants for 30 years, to mark their diamond day.

Their home is one of 13 receiving the upgrades in the village as part of the SBHA investment programme which began last month.

A further 49 SBHA properties in Denholm are having their kitchens replaced and heating systems upgraded.

The programme extends to Hawick where work has started on the renovation of 139 houses, the contract being delivered for SBHA by local builder James Swinton & Co.

In Earlston, 81 properties will start receiving new kitchens and bathrooms, along with heating upgrades, this summer.

SBHA’s head of technical services Alan Vass said: “The £6million investment in the current financial year will not only benefit our tenants, but will boost the local economy.”