MARCHING up and down Innerleithen High Street with his collecting can, a rosette proudly pinned to his chest, the young lad swelled with pride. St Ronan’s Border Games was in his blood.

And many years later, now a man with his own family, blue and white still very much runs through the veins of Keith Belleville, who was made a Life Member of the Games last week.

The honorific title was given to Keith in recognition of over 25 years’ service and dedication to the town’s annual celebrations.

The Ex-Standard Bearer, who has served twice as Chairman and President and is the current Joint Secretary, was presented with his Life Membership Badge at St Ronan’s Wells following the Cleikum Ceremonies.

Current President of the St Ronan’s Games Alan Patterson said: "Tonight we have the opportunity to recognise the work and commitment of one of our committee members.

"Our recipient of Life Membership this year joined the committee when he was elected Standard Bearer in 1993. Keith, your commitment to the Games should act as an inspiration to many, and is proof that being a Standard Bearer is for life and not just for your time in office."

Speaking to the Peeblesshire News this week, Keith said: "It is a great honour to have been elected as a Life Member of St Ronan’s Border Games. It has been a privilege to serve as a member of this dedicated committee for the last 25 years.

"Although it can be hard work at times, being part of the Games is great fun as well, and has given me a huge amount of pleasure over the years."