2017 Chieftain – George Blair
This years’ Chieftain is George Blair. George, born in 1937, was brought up in Edinburgh and left Boroughmuir school in 1952 to join his father in his licenced grocers business. He did his national service in the Royal Army Service Corp from 1956 to 1958 and again joined his Father when he returned.
With the growth of supermarkets, the family business became less viable and George decided to make a career change. He joined Scottish Omnibuses as a conductor in 1963 and then as a driver a year later when his proudest moment was driving one of the first buses over the original Forth Road Bridge on the night it opened September 4th 1964. Later that year he married Isobel and their son George was born a year later.
He was promoted to Inspector in 1967 and studied at night school where he achieved a diploma in Motor transport from the Royal Society of Arts. In February 1975 George became District Traffic Superintendent at Peebles and the family moved there later that year.
George took Peebles to his heart and became involved with several organisations. In 1977 he became treasurer of Peebles March Riding and Beltane Festival, a position he held for seven years and during this time he also became treasurer of Peebles Pipe Band where he looked after their finances for eleven years. He joined Peebles Highland Games Association in 1980 where he held several posts culminating as announcer for the Pipe Band Competition. George retired from the Highland Games Committee in 2015 after 35 years’ service.
His proudest moment in Peebles was when his son was elected Cornet in 1991 and George has taken great pride and delight in all that his son has achieved.
George now enjoys his retirement spending much of his time in his garden and allotment and finds great pleasure in his family which now includes daughter-in-law Fiona and his two grandchildren Scott and Kaitlyn.