Borders journalist dies after career stretching back half a century

Southern deputy editor Bob Burgess was presented with a silver Reiver by Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie in recognition of his services to the region on the day of his retiral earlier this year.
Southern deputy editor Bob Burgess was presented with a silver Reiver by Scottish Borders Council convener Graham Garvie in recognition of his services to the region on the day of his retiral earlier this year.

Borderers are this week mourning the loss of well-known journalist Bob Burgess, who has died at the age of 64. He had only retired at the end of March.

Although having been a long-time resident of Selkirk, Bob was born and bred in Galashiels, starting his career with the Border Telegraph in 1967.

Bob Burgess at work for the Border Telegraph at the start of his lengthy career in local journalism.

Bob Burgess at work for the Border Telegraph at the start of his lengthy career in local journalism.

He also worked for the BBC in Selkirk and as a freelance reporter for national newspapers before joining the staff of The Southern Reporter and Selkirk Weekend Advertiser, reaching the position of deputy editor.