Giving thanks to special service took on a whole new meaning at Friday evening’s Tweeddale Sports Council Awards ceremony.
Jim Noble performed his last duties as chairman of the local group and received a prolonged standing ovation from the many people he has helped throughout his quarter of a century at the helm.
Jim took over the chairmanship in 1990 when asked to do so by SBC councillor Graham Garvie, who paid tribute to his friend at the end of Friday night’s proceedings.
“I was keen to get someone who was dependable, diplomatic, persistent and an enthusiast for all sports, and had the time and the interest to do the job well,” said Cllr Garvie.
“And I am delighted to say I have been proved right. Jim has been all of these things and so much more in his 24 years continuous service as chair of the local sports body. The remarkable service in the promotion of sport is, in itself, a singular achievement.
“But, for me, it has been Jim’s persistent advocacy (or, to be less kind, his nagging, but always polite nagging!) for sports and sports development here in Tweeddale, across the Borders and also Scotland-wide in his work in SALSC.”
After receiving gifts of a decanter and glasses, and tickets to next year’s Wimbledon, Jim told TheSouthern: “I have loved every minute of my time with the sports council and am immensely proud of what a region the size of Tweeddale has achieved in terms of great sporting success over that time.”
One of Jim’s most notable achievements was his work, along with Cllr Garvie and others, to secure the new indoor and outdoor community sports facilities at Peebles High School.