Coalman celebrates 25 years in the job

Local coalman Billy Martin has been recognised for 25 years of service to Pearsons of Duns.

Billy, from Chirnside, received an award and gift from managing director Monty Pearson, who praised Billy for being “extremely reliable and valuable to the company”.

Mr Pearson added: “Over that period of time I could count his sickness absence on two hands - he just doesn’t let his customers down.”