Elgin marble at home in Hawick

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TO COMPLEMENT the opening of its state-of-the-art visitor centre and restaurant in Hawick, a seven-ton sculpture of a family of cashmere goats has been placed in the forecourt of the Johnstons of Elgin centre at Eastfield Mill.

Director James Sugden said: “Twenty years ago on my travels in Inner Mongolia, I met a little-known sculptor in marble and we commissioned him to provide a tableaux of their wonderful animals for our visitor centre in Elgin. They always create a lot of interest with visitors, who often believe that cashmere comes from sheep – which it doesn’t.

“Two years ago I asked our friend, now quite famous, to make another piece, and we are delighted with the results which, in a rather typical Chinese way, is larger than life.”

Mr Sugden added that the new facility had just been given the five-star Scottish Visitor Centre award for all-round excellence.