The James Oliver Memorial Trophy
Jim Newlands was presented with the Jim Oliver Memorial Trophy as the Selkirk Merchant Company Personality for the year 2004 at an evening reception in Selkirk Town Hall on Thursday 9th December 2004.
Master, Jim Marshall outlined to the assembled guests the quite outstanding community service that Jim had given to the town over many years. The trophy was presented by Ron Robertson, Selkirk Merchant Company Standard-Bearer for 2004 together with a framed certificate.
Extract from Jim Marshall’s presentation speech:-
Jim received his formal education at Knowepark Primary and Selkirk High School but also benefited from a wide informal educational experience from his parents. On leaving school, he served his apprenticeship with Purves, Engineers at Netherdale. After National Service in the K.O.S.B. Jim returned to Selkirk and joined Paterson Bros. Engineering works in Muthag Street. His sporting exploits on the rugby field resulted in captaincy of both Selkirk Youth Club and Selkirk R.F.C.
Jim decided to obtain additional qualifications to enable him to become a teacher and taught with distinction at both Galashiels Academy and Selkirk High School until his retirement in 1997.
He was appointed Standard-Bearer for the Incorporation of Hammermen in 1981 and later served as Deacon of his Incorporation for 6 years. He became a member of Selkirk Common Riding Trust and served as Honorary Provost of the Royal Burgh from 1997 to 2000.
In addition to all of those activities, Jim is a popular after-dinner speaker, noted historian and avid reader. Over the years he has been a strong ambassador for Selkirk and is highly respected throughout the Borders.