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A GREEN-FINGERED pensioner has beaten off the competition to win a gardening contest at the age of 100.

Despite becoming a centenarian in July, James Douglas still keeps his colourful garden meticulously.

It has now won him first prize in a gardening competition run by the Scottish Borders Tenants Organisation.

The contest is open to thousands of tenants of Scottish Borders Housing Association but Mr Douglas, from Burnfoot in Hawick, Roxburghshire, was judged to have the best garden and was presented with the annual trophy.

The former railway signalman - who has five children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild - attributes his fitness to cycling 53 miles every weekend in the Borders to see his future wife when they were courting.

He still lives independently and said he was delighted to win the prize with the knowledge that people appreciate his horticultural efforts.

Alison McNeil, chairwoman of Scottish Borders Tenants Organisation, said: "He is a very interesting gentleman with a real sense of humour."

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