At 7:30pm on Friday May 7, Gavin George Hastie officially appointed Melrosian for 1999, having been unanimously choosen by the Ex Melrosians Association and approved by the Festival Executive.
Educated at Melrose Grammar School and Earlston High School, Gavin is an enthusiastic horseman who has followed Melrose and Lauder. He works at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose and is a former member of the local scouts and the Air Training Corps.
A keen rugby player, Gavin plays full-back for Melrose second team. He also enjoys golf and bowling.
His uncle, Rob Hastie, was Melrosian in 1961, whilst Alec Hastie played as rugby scrum-half both for Melrose and for Scotland.
Gavin will be supported by his parents, Ann and Bill, and by his brother Gary.
Gavin is delighted to have been selected as Melrosian for 1999. He said "It's been an ambition of mine, something that I have always wanted to do."