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Newtongrange couple to carry Queen’s Baton

Rob and Janet Murray (both 78), from Newtongrange, will take part in the Queen's Baton relay through Midlothian on June 16, 2014.  Pictured: Rob and Janet Murray  Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Rob and Janet Murray (both 78), from Newtongrange, will take part in the Queen's Baton relay through Midlothian on June 16, 2014. Pictured: Rob and Janet Murray Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

 

Rob and Janet Murray, from Bryans Road, Newtongrange, have been handed the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton through the street of Mildlothian during its Commonwealth Relay in June.

The couple, both retired, have been selected because of their outstanding contribution to the Ageing Well programme, which aims to help older people stay active.

Janet (78), has been working with them for over a decade, said: “We’ve got so much going on in Ageing Well. I started as part of the group, encouraging people to come and join us. By the time I retired I was fully into it. Dances, concerts and singing. It’s excellent, it just stops you from being a couch tattie. Simple as that!”

Janet and her husband Rob (79), now host walking groups for over 50s on a Sunday.

“I take walks in Bonnyrigg on a Sunday and Janet is a walk leader as well,” explains former primary school janitor Rob. “I’ve been volunteering for a while, about 10 years now, ever since I retired.”

“We take about 14 people out in a walking group from Bonnyrigg on a Sunday. I have been out, over the 10 years, and taken walking groups out to Loanhead, Gorebridge, Newtongrange and Mayfield.”

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