Gala home for textiles centre

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Galashiels will be home for the new Scottish Centre of Textiles (SCOT), it has been announced.

Following a meeting on Friday involving local MP Michael Moore, the group behind the project revealed its decision on where the centre would be based.

Last year a feasibility study by Jura Consultants concluded that siting the proposed £5million development in Galashiels would be the best option.

The project group’s first choice of Selkirk was dismissed as unviable by the consultants due to low footfall predictions, while a suggestion that a collaboration with the project to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank be looked at, was not favoured.

Speaking this week, Mr Moore told us: “Choosing where to locate the project in the Borders has been a difficult process but following a recent consultants’ report and discussions with key stakeholders, it was decided that it should be based in Galashiels.

“I now look forward to working with the project leaders, our local textile industry and Heriot-Watt University to put in place the first stage of the project to establish a Scottish National Textile Archive which will bring together historic and contemporary textile collections produced in Scotland, for the public and global researchers to enjoy.”