Peeblesshire's longest-serving JP retires
TRIBUTES were paid to one of Peeblesshire's longest-serving Justices of the Peace.
Fiona Ballantyne conducted her final court on Thursday November 22 at Rosetta Road in Peebles.
Prior to business starting, local solicitor Morris Anderson said: "You have always been efficient, clear and courteous with myself and my legal colleagues, which is very much appreciated.
"Your decisions have never been questioned by us - by a few of our clients, perhaps, but never by us."
Ms Ballantyne conducted her first court back in 1989 - witnessing many changes over the preceding two decades.
Mr Anderson added: "You are retiring at a time when our court is yet again under threat, something you will have seen before, and I hope, even in your retirement, that will support our fight against this latest closure attempt."
Court clerk Margaret Dundas also paid tribute to the retiring JP.
She said: "You have always been great to work with and you have helped us out many times at extremely short notice."
Ms Ballantyne was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
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