A PEEBLES man has been awarded the Tweeddale Citizen of the Year title for 2021.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) announced that John Falla had won the accolade today (May 18) ahead of an awards ceremony to be held later in the month.

John’s nomination was made by multiple people who felt his dedication and commitment to the town of Peebles deserved recognition.

An SBC spokesperson said: “The selection panel were impressed with his significant contribution to community life, particularly his involvement with the Peebles March Riding and Beltane Queen Festival Committee which included helping to organise the week-long festival events of 2021.

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“His role as coordinator for the Bonnie Peebles Plus Gardening Group was also highlighted, along with the way in which he has worked tirelessly on planning and organising the flower displays that brighten Peebles during the spring and summer months.

“Thanks to his efforts as part of the group, residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy an impressive array of colourful floral gardens, tubs and hanging baskets.”

The spokesperson added: “In a further show of his community spirit, John organised the construction and installation of eight raised garden beds at the local March Street Allotments, helping to share the joy of gardening with residents of all ages in the community.”

The formal awards ceremony will be held at Rosetta Road on Monday, May 30 at 7pm.

Tweeddale Citizen of the Year winner Denise Hanks, who scooped the prize in 2020, will also receive her award that evening.