TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of former Scottish Borders Council leader Drew Tulley.

The 82-year-old, from Galashiels, died earlier this week.

Mr Tulley was a retired firefighter and had been involved in local politics for many years.

He rose through the ranks of the local authority to become its leader in the 1990s.

Although he resigned in 2002 from the top job and a year later did not contest his Galashiels and Netherdale ward, Mr Tulley remained active as a community councillor in his hometown.

Following the news of his death, former council leader John Ross Scott posted on Facebook: "So sad to hear of the death of one of my early political mentors and a fellow creator of the Rainbow Alliance Administration on Scottish Borders Council, Drew Tulley of Galashiels.

"A former fireman and Union representative, Drew served on Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council – latterly as leader – then joined me at the birth of Scottish Borders Council in 1995, where he took over as leader and I as chair of Roads, Transport and Technical Services.

"He was a fighter. If he believed in a cause he would fight for it with his firebrand style.

"His heart was in the Borders and nationally over many years he was a top ambassador for the region.

"He was fair, friendly and supportive but could also show his teeth when that was required.

"Although I have not seen him in a while I will always remember him as a key player in my political life. R.I.P auld friend."

Tributes were also paid by Tweedbank Indoor Bowling Club.

It posted online: "The Tweedbank family are saddened to hear today of the passing of founding member and ex Provost Drew Tulley.

"Drew was a member of the club from its inception in 1984.

"Our thoughts are with Drew’s family at this sad time."