Olympian efforts and jubilee celebrations made 2012 a year never to be forgotten

We take a look at the images that tell the story of the first six months of 2012 – as seen in the pages of The Southern Reporter.


Craig Murray, director of Galashiels baker Dalgetty & Sons celebrates winning third place in the World Scotch Pie Championships. Photograph: Stuart Cobley

Hawick jeweller Hamish Smith crafted this fine Olympic torch to be paraded round the streets of the Roxburghshire town after he heard the official torch would not be making an appearance. 
Photograph: Alastair Watson

Walkerburn firm Ballantynes supplied a sculpture replica of the of Galashiels War Memorial’s reiver to a film company, which placed it on the mantelpiece of Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady movie. Photograph: Alastair Watson

Rob Oliver and Nathan Upchurch, part of The Business Club, who were determined to rejuvenate trade locally by helping businesses move with the times. Photograph: Alastair Watson


Farmer John Waugh moved to Northumberland, which meant his alpacas, which were something of an iconic fixture next to the BGH roundabout, had to go too. Photograph: Stuart Cobley

Gala Fairydean Under-15 players David Cockburn, Andrew Mitchell, Kieran Martin and Jack Halls model football tops which the club donated towards a Malawi aid appeal. 

Former Argyll and Sutherland Highladers officer Gordon Smith, 91, from Peebles, marked the 70th anniversary of Britain surrendering Singapore to Japan by writing his memoirs. Photograph: Alastair Watson

Transport minister Keith Brown, pictured with SBC leader David Parker and MSP Christine Grahame, visited Galashiels, insisting the Borders Railway would be up and running by December 2014. 
Photograph: Alastair Watson

Judy Steel went to Buckingham Palace to collect her MBE from Prince Charles for services to local theatre. 
Photograph: Alastair Watson


Borderers mourned the passing of local author Liz Taylor, who wrote around 30 novels under the name of Elisabeth McNeill. 
Photograph: Rob Gray

Local historian and author Alistair Moffat, pictured with his wife Lindsay, was installed as the new Lord Rector of St Andrew’s University. 
Photograph: Alan Richardson

Norman Elder was named Tweeddale Citizen of the Year at an award ceremony in the council chambers at Peebles.
Photograph: Alastair Watson


It was a huge day for Clovenfords Primary School P7 pupil Liam Davidson. He celebrated his 12th birthday by helping head teacher Alison Sutherland and SBC convener Alasdair Hutton open the new school, which includes five classrooms, a general purpose room, a nursery, a multi-use games area, hall and dining room. Photograph: Alastair Watson

Gala RFC partied like it was 1999. The marauding Maroons emulated their team-mates from 13 years ago by lifting the RBS Cup at Murrayfield with a 24-10 win over Ayr. 
Photograph: Alastair Watson


Heriot-Watt University student Rebecca Roy showed off her work at a graduate exhibition.
Photograph: Stuart Cobley

Samantha Kinghorn took the bull by the horns two years after breaking her back when snow fell on her at her family’s farm in Gordon. She had been wheelchair racing for just two months when she finished second behind the British Junior Champion in the London Marathon. Unfortunately, the Paralympics came too soon for her this year, but she is certainly one to look out for in Rio in four years’ time! The inspirational 16-year-old told TheSouthern: “I accepted my situation immediately. I didn’t cry, I just thought, okay, I’ve got to deal with it.”

Photograph: Alastair Watson

No less than six students from Heriot-Watt University were nominated as graduate of the year at the annual Scottish Fashion Awards. However, the good news was countered by fears that up to 10 teaching jobs could be lost at the Galashiels campus.
 Photograph: Alastair Watson


Scotland rugby star Chris Paterson returned to his home town of Galashiels in style – bearing the Olympic torch as part of its procession through the Borders on its way to London. Thousands of people lined the streets to see sporting legends as well as nominated members of the public carry the flame. Photograph: Rob Gray

Deputy Lord Lietenant for Berwickshire, Douglas Tweedie, and the Earl of Home light the Jubilee Beacon at Hume Castle, one of many celebratory events held across the region, marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.Photograph: Alastair Watson

Richard and Margaret Petersen applied for planning permission to restore St Aidan’s Church in Morebattle, which last hosted a service in 1962. The couple planned to make it a combined church, cafe and owner’s flat.Photograph: Alastair Watson