Thanks for your tireless service

NEWTOWN ST BOSWELLS, UNITED KINGDOM:   10 Dec 2010'Scottish Ambulance Service'Long Service Awards'L-R Back Row'Alison Gray (10yrs) Alastair Hutton, Terri Harkin (10yrs), George Lothian (20yrs), Robert Anderson (20yrs), David Allan (20yrs) Lynn Dixon (20yrs), Neil Holmes (10yrs), John Mackie ASM,  Jeanette Jeffrey (Borders ASM)'(Front Seated) Ian Shackleton (Kelso), Colin Stewart (Galashiels), John Rigg (Galashiels)''(photo: Rob Gray)

NEWTOWN ST BOSWELLS, UNITED KINGDOM: 10 Dec 2010'Scottish Ambulance Service'Long Service Awards'L-R Back Row'Alison Gray (10yrs) Alastair Hutton, Terri Harkin (10yrs), George Lothian (20yrs), Robert Anderson (20yrs), David Allan (20yrs) Lynn Dixon (20yrs), Neil Holmes (10yrs), John Mackie ASM, Jeanette Jeffrey (Borders ASM)'(Front Seated) Ian Shackleton (Kelso), Colin Stewart (Galashiels), John Rigg (Galashiels)''(photo: Rob Gray)

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AMBULANCE staff in the Borders have been rewarded with long service awards – including a trio which have each been on mercy runs for three decades.

And the total length of service by those honoured topped an amazing 450 years.

Awards for 30 years of service went to Colin Stewart and John Rigg who operate out of the Galashiels station and Ian Shackleton who is based at Kelso.

Awards for 20 years, were presented to Rob Anderson and David Allan (both Galashiels); Lynne Dixon, Lesley Lee and George Lothian (all Kelso) and area service officer Alison Gray. Two received 10 year awards – Neil Holmes based at Galashiels and Kelso’s Terri Harkin.

Other members of staff were unable to attend the presentation ceremony held in the Scottish Borders Council chamber in Newtown St Boswells.

Recipients were welcomed by council convener Alasdair Hutton and the awards were presented by Jeanette Jeffrey the head of the Scottish Ambulance Service in the Borders.

photograph: Rob gray