A former Scottish local press reporter has died at his home.
The 77-year-old was found dead by a friend at his home in the village of Denholm, near Hawick.
“He was always dapper and a very striking man with his trademark silver grey hair, and he loved Hawick and the Borders.”
Hawick News sports reporter John Slorance, whom Giff got encouraged into the role, added: “Giff was a first class journalist.
“He could find a story and write a story, and his words were always done with flair and style.
“He was a colourful, cavalier character who knew Hawick and its people well, and Hawick and its people knew Giff.”
Ninian Reid (25/08/2009 16:55:54)
The term “gentlemen of the press” is much over-used. In the case of Giff Lees, however, it perfectly summed up his dapper – and often erudite – appearance at countless news events in the Scottish Borders over the years.Giff will be sorely missed by fellow reporters, photographers and broadcasters throughout the region, and far beyond.