TWO Selkirk ladies have been recognised for their long service to the church with a special presentation.

Mrs Annie D’Agrosa and Miss Sybil McCabe were both rewarded for their long and dedicated service to the church and community.

The pair were presented with the Roman Catholic Diocese Medal by the Archbishop of the Edinburgh and St Andrews Diocese at the weekly Vigil Mass on Saturday at the Church of Our Lady and St Joseph in the town.

And the day was a double celebration for Annie, who also celebrated her 90th birthday on the same day.

The Archbishop, the Most Reverend Leo Cushley, travelled down especially to Selkirk to make the presentations – after which there was a buffet in the church hall.

Speaking at the special service, Rev Cushley said: “I am delighted to be here and congratulate both for such a fine commitment.”

Archbishop Cushley was joined by the priest of St Joseph’s, Father Edward Wanat; Deacon Duncan Macfarlane; members of the congregation, plus a selection of friends and family.

Annie and Sybil, both regular attenders at the church, donated their time and dedicated efforts in many fields.

Among their many contributions over the years, they were involved in the church choir, helped with school concerts, readings, selected hymns for mass, manned the stall at the rear of the church, sold Easter and Christmas cards as well as Catholic newspapers, and travelled twice a year to Glasgow to purchase items for the stall.