Tom Tokely from Yetholm receives his British Empire Medal

Tom Tokely with Lord Lieuteant Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew
Tom Tokely with Lord Lieuteant Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew
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A stalwart of Yetholm and the surrounding area has been presented with the British Empire Medal which he was awarded in the Queen’s New Years Honours.

Tom Tokely received the medal from Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, the Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, pictured.

Mr Tokely has played a leading role in the church, on the community council and in various voluntary organisations for more than half a century.

The Lord Lieutenant commented: “I was delighted to make this award of the British Empire Medal to Mr Tokely. To anyone, including the young and elderly, he has always been available with advice and help well beyond the call of duty.

“He richly deserved this recognition for his unstinting service over many years to Yetholm.”

When the award was announced in January Mr Tokely commented: “I feel quite proud. I have always been interested in the village and felt I had to do something for the village.”

He has chaired the community council and the festival committee and founded the Romany Ramblers walking group.

He was a football referee for more than 20 years and a church elder for 50 years.