THE man who has taught most of Biggar has been invited to light the town's Hogmanay bonfire.

Every year thousands gather in the High Street to witness the annual bonfire and prepare to welcome in the New Year.

And just as many from around the world watch via the live webcam stream.

Accepting the invitation to light this year's fire is former school head Bobby Boyd.

2019 marks Mr Boyd's 60 years of living in Biggar, having moved to the town to take up a part-time teaching post.

For three days each week he taught in Biggar with a position at Forth during the other two school days.

Eventually Biggar became his full-time workplace, and in 1970 Bobby became Principal Teacher.

As well as providing a positive influence within the classroom, Mr Boyd also became heavily involved in the foundations of Biggar Rugby Club.

He was elevated to the position of President between 1987 and 1991 - and in 2015 Bobby was made an Honorary Life Member.

Since retiring from teaching in 1993, Mr Boyd has been active on the golf course as well as enjoying hill-walking and gardening.

In 1995 he was summoned to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen presented him with an MBE for services to sport.

Bobby admits being invited to light the Hogmanay bonfire is another huge honour for him.

He said: "My 60 years in Biggar have been most enjoyable - such friendly people, great pupils to teach, and wonderful memories.

"I would like to thank the Cornets Club for inviting me to light the fire."