When one of the oldest pubs in Scotland faced closure eight years ago, Duncan Davidson led the fight to keep it open.
The retired doctor helped form the Tweedsmuir Community Company with the aim of buying the Crook Inn, established in 1604, for the village.
Now, with the purchase of the Crook completed, Mr Davidson has been named Scottish Borders Council’s Tweeddale Citizen of the Year, receiving the accolade at a special ceremony in Peebles on Monday night.
The award, presented by council convener Graham Garvie, not only recognises Mr Davidson’s role as chairman of the community company, but also his editorship of the Upper Tweed Community News and his participation in Tweedsmuir residents’ fight to protect the historic Carlowse bridge in the village.
Mr Davidson dedicated the award to “all those who bring their skills, time and effort to the benefit of Upper Tweed,” adding: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured at receiving this award, but really the work has been done by the whole community. It has been a great collaborative effort by all concerned.”
Councillor Garvie, quoting from the official nomination, told the awards ceremony: “It is true to say that without Duncan’s guidance and determination, the Crook Inn, where Robert Burns once drank, would have been lost. Now under his stewardship, it can again form a hub for the local community, and be there for future generations to enjoy.”
The TCC is now raising funds to refurbish the inn.
Mr Davidson, who lives at Oliver, Tweedsmuir, said: “We want to establish a community hub for the 21st century. The vision is for the hub to serve the needs of the Upper Tweed community for social and cultural life, local employment and training, support of local businesses, and recreation, together with encouraging tourism.”