Tributes have been paid to a Borders councillor who died at the weekend.
Kevin Drum, 61, died on Saturday at Borders General Hospital near Melrose following a short illness.
The SNP councillor had represented the Leaderdale and Melrose ward since 2017.
Scottish Borders Council said he died peacefully surrounded by family, but added his death had come as a “great shock” to colleagues.
Convener David Parker said: “Although Kevin had only been a councillor since 2017, he was enormously well-respected by everyone across the chamber.
“He had gained a reputation of being an extremely committed and diligent ward councillor and was a genuinely lovely man whom councillors and officers had a great deal of respect for.”
SNP group leader Stuart Bell said of Mr Drum: “He could be firm and resolute when needed but Kevin’s bright nature and his cheerful, cheeky smile invariably evoked a warm response and put people at their ease.”
Flags will fly at half-mast at the council’s headquarters until after Cllr Drum’s funeral as a mark of respect.