Editorships for former newspaper delivery boy

HE used to deliver the papers as a newspaper delivery boy, later going on to write for them when he was studying journalism at Borders College in Hawick.

Now, Ally McGilvray has been made editor of the Border Telegraph and Peeblesshire News newspapers, succeeding Stuart Laundy, who left to take up a post closer to his family, in the North-east of England.

McGilvray’s newspaper career began at the papers’s former offices in Galashiels, before then moving to take up posts in Wick, Aberdeen and Alloa.

Four years ago, he returned to the Border Telegraph and Peeblesshire News, as a senior reporter.

In his new role, he will be supported by news editor David Knox; Galashiels-based reporter, Alan Ferguson; and Peebles-based reporter, Graham Ford (all pictured with McGilvray, who is standing, second from the left).

He said: “Having grown up with both titles, I am well aware of their proud past and, with an all-local news team, look forward to continuing to provide a voice for the various local communities we represent.”