From political theatre to the Eastgate Theatre

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FORMER Borders MSP Jeremy Purvis has swapped the Scottish Parliament’s debating chamber for the Eastgate Theatre boardroom.

Mr Purvis, who represented Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale for eight years, has joined the Peebles arena’s board which is chaired by Alistair Moffat.

The Liberal Democrat, who was defeated in last May’s elections by Christine Grahame, said the Eastgate has made a spectacular contribution to cultural life in Peebles and the Borders.

He added: “When I was elected in 2003, I vividly recall a special tour of the site and building in development by Anne Younger and was extremely excited to see its potential. It’s lived up to that and it is now inconceivable that Peebles would be without the theatre.

“After eight years of attending events, being on stage myself, but only for political meetings or taking part in broadcasts, I was delighted to be asked to join the board. I bring my experience and contacts built over the time I served as an MSP, but also a commitment of someone who simply wants to see the Eastgate succeed.

“It has a great and enthusiastic team of local staff and volunteers and has a very exciting programme for the coming year, so I am looking forward to helping in any way by bringing my own experiences and knowledge, gained from many areas over many years.”