A PIONEERING project for keeping pensioners fit in Peebles has just celebrated its 25th birthday.

When Dorothy Dobson started her Over 60s exercise classes in 1994 the full physical and mental benefits of exercise were only starting to be realised.

In the proceeding 25 years similar classes aimed at the elderly have become widespread throughout the world.

Dorothy and Val Finlayson ran the morning exercise classes up until their retirement in 2014.

And it was Jean Westwater who took on the baton of gently putting the pensioners through their paces each Wednesday - renaming the group as the MacFarlane Movers.

Jean told us: "The importance of movement for the elderly is of increasing relevance in keeping both mind and body in good health.

"The class also has a social aspect through a cuppa and a blether at the end of each one."

A celebration was held last week with the sweat-clad members all earning their slice of cake.

As well as keeping dozens of over 60s in good health, the weekly exercise group has also raised more than £12,000 for charity.

Money is raised each week from donations given for teas and coffees served at the end of each class.

And the funds are regularly donated to local good causes.

The MacFarlane Movers are currently on a summer break and will return for their weekly classes next month.

The next MacFarlane Movers class will take place between 10.15am and 11am in the MacFarlane Hall.

Jean added: "Old and new members will always be made most welcome."