NO-ONE can doubt Joyce Wright’s pride in her home town.
And her contributions to life in Selkirk have earned the Waverley Housing executive assistant this year’s Merchant Company Personality of the Year title.
The mum-of-two picked up the James Oliver Memorial Award at the company’s winter function in the Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Suite recently.
A delighted and honoured Joyce said: “It’s the people who raise the money, coming back year after year to take part in the walk, who do all the hard work. This award recognises their efforts.”
Joyce’s selection follows years of service across many aspects of life in Selkirk.
After playing hockey for Selkirk Ladies and the South of Scotland, Joyce arrange mini-hockey coaching sessions for local youngsters on Saturday mornings.
A year after the death of her father George from cancer in 1987, she organised a fundraising walk from the Royal Burgh to St Mary’s Loch via the Three Brethern in his memory.
In the 24 years since, the event has raised £120,000, with walker numbers up from an initial 12 in 1988 to more than 70.
Also a keen Common Riding supporter, Joyce became worried that children in the town were not being taught the traditional songs of the Royal Burgh.
As a result, she set up the Common Riding Singing Club in 2009 for primary schoolchildren, which she has run ever year since in the weeks leading up to the big day.
It allows the youngsters to take part in various ceremonies and to continue the town’s musical heritage for future generations.
If that wasn’t enough, she is also a long-serving member of Selkirk’s Cancer Research committee, and treasurer of Selkirk Cricket Club for the past three years.
Handing over the shield to Joyce, Merchant Company Master Neville Dundas praised the “energy, drive and commitment” of Joyce.
She also received a commemorative framed certificate from Merchant Company’s 2012 Standard Bearer Mark Nichol.
Joyce follows Selkirk’s Ella Phaup, Stewart Roberts, Reverend Bill Laing, Jim Newlands, John Smail, Fiona Scott, Billy Stark, Jim Marshall, Jake Wheelans, Graham Coulson and Colin Kemp in picking up the personality award.