Ruaridh will follow in his father’s footsteps

The Melrosian for 2011 is Ruaridh Nairn.

The Melrosian for 2011 is Ruaridh Nairn.

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NINETEEN-year-old student Ruaridh Nairn is following in a family tradition.

Ruaridh has been named Melrosian for 2011 and follows in the footsteps of his father Keith who was Duns Reiver in 1983 and his grandfather Billy who was Duns Reiver in 1959.

Ruaridh Nairn, the elder son of Clare and Keith Nairn of Fairways, Melrose, is studying environmental science at Stirling University.

Ruaridh was announced to 150 people, as is tradition, at this year’s Ex-Melrosians’ Burns Supper, which was held in the town’s rugby club on Saturday night.

He says his whole family is delighted. “It’s always something I have wanted to do and have followed the Melrose Festival for years,” he said.

“It is a fantastic honour and privilege to have been asked to be this year’s Melrosian.”

Ruaridh was approached back in the autumn by festival officials and invited to become the Melrosian for 2011.

“I have had to keep it quiet since then which has not been easy as it’s the sort of thing you’re so proud about you want to tell everyone, But it was an invitation I accepted without a second’s hesitation.

“I am looking forward to everything and should be starting horse-riding lessons next week to make sure I am ready for Melrose Festival week and the rest of the summer festivals.”