Simon’s golden ticket to ride

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More golden tickets for a trip on the new Borders railway before it opens to the public have been awarded this week.

A selection panel of council officials, councillors and media partners considered over 1,000 applications, before choosing the final list. 400 golden ticket winners will make the special trip from Galashiels, Tweedbank and Stow stations on Saturday, September 5.

Simon Nevin from Duns joins the ranks of Berwickshire golden ticket holders.

Simon has autism but it has not stopped him carrying out a number of volunteer roles for elderly and housebound members of the community. He has been a volunteer driver for the Royal Voluntary Service, worked in charity shops and also the RVS’ Store to Door scheme which purchases and delivers shopping to elderly or housebound people.

Despite now having a job, he continues to volunteer. A rail enthusiast, he regularly travels by train and can’t wait for his golden ticket journey.

Other Berwickshire golden ticket holders are: Lorne Anton (Ayton); Douglas Robertson (Chirnside); George Anderson (Eccles); Arran, Maisie and Jack Tennet (Gordon); Jim Barnet and Doug Smith (Greenlaw); and Helen Ramsay (Hume).

Council leader David Parker said: “With over 1,000 applications, it was a hard task deciding on the final list. They can look forward to a very special day as part of the opening weekend of the Borders Railway.”