MP given update on restoration work at castle

From left, Sarah Maitland-Carew, MP Calum Kerr and Edward Maitland-Carew at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder.
From left, Sarah Maitland-Carew, MP Calum Kerr and Edward Maitland-Carew at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder.
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Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr has been given a progress report on restoration work under way at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, during a visit to the 16th century tourist attraction.

He is pictured being given a tour by Edward and Sarah Maitland-Carew, the latest generation of their family to live at the castle.

Mr Kerr said: “I found this tour absolutely fascinating. I’m always keen to highlight the exceptional heritage sites that we have in the Borders, and Thirlestane Castle is a great example of how that heritage can be preserved and also an example of how these great houses can adapt to the ongoing challenges of preservation while seeking out new opportunities at the same time.”

The current restoration work follows the outbreak of dry rot in 2013 that led to the castle having to be closed for 18 months.

Mr Kerr added: “I think the great houses of the Borders are a major draw with a great deal of potential to bring more people into the region.

“It’s great to see one of these houses taking exciting steps forward and expanding and diversifying its operations.

“I hope these moves will, in turn, become part of wider efforts to transform the Borders into the pre-eminent tourist destination that it has the potential to become.”

Mr Maitland-Carew said: “We were delighted to welcome Calum Kerr and hear of his support for Thirlestane Castle and the work that the trust is doing to maintain this magnificent part of Scotland’s history for future generations to enjoy.

“It is challenging in difficult economic times to secure funding to realise our vision, but with this kind of backing and by working together, we know we can achieve a sustainable future for Thirlestane and bring additional economic benefit to the Borders.”