Selkirk’s centuries-old Incorporation of Fleshers appointed Ivor Ward as their 2014 Standard Bearer on Friday.
“It’s a fantastic honour,” the 46-year-old foreman and stonemason told The Wee Paper. “You’re well aware of the history, and you’re taking part in that history.”
Ivor, who lives at Raeburn Place with his wife Sara, was born in Galashiels’ Cottage Hospital, educated at Galashiels Academy and served his apprenticeship at two of the town’s butchers – William Low and Jim Hogg – before moving to Selkirk 22 years ago.
Sara is a careers advisor working for the Scottish Government, and the couple have two children – Connor, 23, who is an electrician in Swindon, and Kelly, 17, who works for the First Minister’s correspondence team at St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh.
“They are all chuffed to bits for me. Very proud,” Ivor said.
Ivor, a member of the Fleshers for around 12 years, served as left and right-hand man for the last two Fleshers’ Standard Bearers.
He said: “I knew it was coming, but I was still nervous. It’s my year to step up to the plate, and there’ll be a touch of nerves, but we’ll be well practised.”
At his appointment ceremony in O’Malleys, Ivor thanked his 50 or so fellow members for the honour, adding: “You know fine you’ll do well because they’re a great bunch of folk.
“I’d like to thank the Fleshers for giving me this opportunity.”
His right and left-hand men are Keith Hermiston and Bruce Raeburn respectively.