Galashiels youngster Jack Nichol proudly displays the Alastair Watson Memorial Award presented to him in the town’s Royal British Legion on Saturday night.
Standing next to Jack, on his right, is Paul Holleran, the National Union of Journalists’ Scottish organiser, who made the presentation. Also flanking Jack are his parents, David and Alison (a former NUJ member). Local union officials and Borders journalists from local newspapers and agencies are pictured too.
The award, aimed at recognising the work of young photographers, was launched in memory of photographer Alastair Watson, who died two years ago. He worked for the Tweeddale Press Group, publishers of The Southern Reporter, for almost four decades. At the time of his death from cancer at the age of 60, Alastair, who lived in the Scottish Borders town of Coldstream, was Berwick and Borders branch chair and Tweeddale Press Group chapel FOC.
Bob Burgess a JP FoC introducing the event said: “Covering Borders common ridings and festivals was a major part of Alistair’s work, although he had his own views on covering the annual event, his National Union of Journalists colleagues felt this topic should be the subject of the award.”
Jack’s entry, “Fletcher Remembers”, was taken at this year’s Selkirk Common Riding and shows the procession passing the Fletcher statue on the way to the Casting of the Colours ceremony.