A BORDERS-BASED author and narrator has become a ‘legend’ at a school in Australia.

Alasdair Hutton OBE – who writes and narrates the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – moved to Australia following the death of his father in 1954.

During his stay Down Under, Mr Hutton attended Brisbane State High School where he is now being added as one of its ‘legends’ to mark the school’s centenary.

Describing the achievement as “a huge honour”, Mr Hutton said: “I was not a distinguished student but the experience was of immense value.

“There were boys and girls from all over Europe, east and west, in my classes and I was able to see Scotland from a much wider perspective than I could at home and to understand Europe much better.”

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The induction ceremony for the new legends will take place on July 19 – although Mr Hutton does not think he will be able to attend.

“I think, to my great regret, it is highly unlikely that I shall be able to be there for such a proud moment,” he said.

Mr Hutton – who was a convener at Scottish Borders Council and a South of Scotland MEP, as well as a TA Parachute Regiment officer – says he is “stunned” to be on the list of ‘legends’.

“When I look at the list which includes a governor general of Australia, Olympic gold medallists, rugby internationalists, leaders of industry, science and the arts, I am stunned to be counted in their company,” said Mr Hutton.

The ‘legends’ – of which there are currently 30 ahead of the induction ceremony – have been chosen by the school to motivate current students.