Borderers receive their BEM medals

Adam Kelly receiving medal from Lord Lieutenant, Duke of Buccleuch

Published: Thursday, 13th April 2017

Two worthy Borderers have received their British Empire Medals in a ceremony at our Headquarters.

Adam Kelly of Galashiels and Hawick’s Jane Bannerman were presented with their medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE, Richard Scott, on 12 April.

Services to business and community

Mr Kelly was recognised for his services to business and the community in Galashiels, after selling ice-cream from his van to generations of people in the town during a 52 year career.

The 95-year-old was recognised by the Ice-Cream Alliance as the oldest in his trade in the UK until he retired in August last year.

Mr Kelly served in World War II, and took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944. The Normandy Veterans Association member would later receive a diploma from the French Embassy for his services to the country during the war.

After the war, he returned to his previous job delivering milk for a creamery and began taking evening shifts driving the ice-cream van of army friend and café owner Tony Macari in 1964. He started his own business two years later which he continued until 2016.

Services to community healthcare

Jane Bannerman was recognised for her 40 years of services to community healthcare.

She founded the Hawick committee for children’s charity Action for Medical Research in 1976 thanks to a donation of 50p from each of the 12 friends she recruited to join her. She has been a driving force behind the committee ever since, helping to raise over £100,000 to fund research grants to help babies, children and young people.

Mrs Bannerman served as chair and treasurer, helping to organise fundraising events such as fashion shows, an annual charity shop, walking events, garden shows, coffee mornings and egg hunts.

She remains on the committee which celebrated its 40th birthday last year.

Mrs Bannerman also began volunteering for the Hawick Stroke Group in 1998 through her work as a speech therapist.

Other community work has included:

  • being a founder member of the Talking Newspaper team
  • volunteering with Hawick in Bloom
  • being a long-serving member of Teviot Church

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale

“On this, my first occasion for the presentation of the British Empire Medals in my role as Lord-Lieutenant, I am absolutely delighted to be doing so to two such worthy recipients.

“Mrs Bannerman’s commitment and hard work over the years has been second to none and the range of activities she has supported so tirelessly is truly outstanding. Any one of these would have been worthy in their own right, but when combined together, they provide an example of a woman whose dedication to her local community has been quite extraordinary.

“Mr Kelly has an equally inspirational life story with a work ethic and dedication to serving his local community that has earned him the admiration and affection of everyone who knows him. He has been known to say that it is the smiles of the children and families when they hear his van coming that makes it all worthwhile, but just one of the reasons he is receiving this medal is because he is the one who has brought those smiles to the faces of his loyal customers, young and old, who so appreciate his unique contribution to their lives.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to have been able to present a medal to both Jane and Adam, each one given in acknowledgement and recognition of the tremendous contribution they have each made to their local communities over so many years, and I congratulate them both.”