SCOTTISH Borders Council is to host a special reception to honour the services of Merchant Navy personnel.

And Borderers who have previously or currently serve are being asked to come forward to attend the event.

Merchant Navy Day is held on September 3 every year to honour the brave men and women who kept Britain afloat during both World Wars, and also celebrate the importance of modern day merchant seafarers.

A civic reception will be held on the same day at Newtown St Boswells to mark the occasion.

Council convener, Councillor David Parker, said: “The Merchant Navy was given its name 100 years ago at the end of World War I, with King George V acknowledging their efforts in providing supplies to Britain.

“With this special anniversary, we felt it was appropriate to mark the efforts of our local personnel and would request any Borders seafarers to get in contact with us so we can invite you to the reception.”

Any Merchant Navy personnel from the Borders wishing to go should email or phone 01835 826571 or contact councillor Sandy Aitchison – Spaces are limited, so an early response is recommended .