PEEBLESSHIRE'S longest-serving political campaigner has celebrated her 99th birthday this week.

And Mollie McIntosh, who is also an active of her Walkerburn community, was sent a card and flowers by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mollie, who was awarded an MBE for services to her community in 2009 and was named Tweeddale Citizen of the Year the year before, has never allowed age to stop he working for both Tweeddale and her beloved Conservative party.

Born and bred in Walkerburn, she became an active member of the Conservatives when she was just 18 years old.

Paying tribute on her birthday this week was MP David Mundell.

The Secretary of State for Scotland said: "I enjoy saying to Mollie that she is one of our most active 'Young Conservatives' and she still volunteers her services to her local branch at every opportunity.

"She's a remarkable lady who has never missed an election in her adult life, both as a party volunteer and a voter. I wanted to let her know how much her contribution is appreciated."

The retired mill administrator has been active in many organisations and at one point was serving on an amazing 17 different committees.

Over the decades she established a lunch club for the over-50s in Walkerburn, served as chairman of Walkerburn Public Hall, vice-chairman of the local community council, and as a member of the village's festival committee.

Mollie also set up the Walkerburn Evergreen Club and has served as a member of the Civil Defence Service, the Peeblesshire Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the committee of the Royal Scottish Society for the Protection of Children, the Citizens' Advice Bureau in Peeblesshire, the executive committee of the British Red Cross, The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and she was vice-president of the Tweeddale Association of Voluntary Organisations for 13 years.

Mr Mundell said: "Mollie is one of the unsung army of behind-the-scenes volunteers who are the backbone of all political parties.

"They help keep the wheels of democracy oiled by promoting policies and ideas in their communities with an aim of making things better."