Hammermen plug into the Mains for 2014

Deacon Kevin Fairbairn congratulates David on his Appointment
Deacon Kevin Fairbairn congratulates David on his Appointment

Selkirk’s 333-year-old Incorporation of Hammermen has appointed David Main as its Standard Bearer for 2014.

The 42-year-old electrician, of Taits Hill, was the unopposed nomination on Tuesday night at the County Hotel.

The “nervous”, but “excited” sparkie told The Wee Paper: “I didn’t sleep a lot on Monday. It’s not a done deal: you could be up against two or three others on the night. If there is more than one, it has to go to an open vote. It’s always been something I wanted to do. It’s my 26th year as a Hammerman, and I’ve seen a lot of my friends cast the banner.

“This year it’s going to be my turn.”

David has ran his own company, JGM Services, for the last five years, having inherited the 20-year-old business from his father, Graham, himself a long-standing Hammerman.

Graham and David’s mum, Elsie, live in Ettrick Terrace. David’s brother, Ian, cast the flag for Selkirk Merchant Company last year.

“It’s two years in a row, so it’s quite exciting for my parents,” David added.

He has been married for 12 years to Leanne, who co-owns Liberty Star Trading jewellery store in the Market Place.

The couple have two daughters: Georgia, 11, and Jessica, 9, who are pupils at Knowepark Primary School, and thrilled about their dad’s big day.

“You can peel them off the ceiling,” he said, adding: “I’m sharing the house with three women. I’m getting a lot of advice on which colours to choose. My choice got blown out of the water.”

The retained fireman also played football for 25 years for Selkirk and other Border towns, as well as coaching Selkirk’s 1st and 2nd teams.

“I’m absolutely delighted for David and the craft,” Deacon Kevin Fairbairn told us.

The association of tradesmen was given its Seal of Craft in 1681.

Kevin said: “We’re the only incorporation within the town to have had continuous service. We’ve never fallen by the wayside.”

He added: “We’re very proud we can raise our standard every year. It’s the holy grail – the most sacred possession we have.”