Scott’s links to Kelso to be highlighted at St James Fair

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FAMOUS Borders novelist Sir Walter Scott and his links with Kelso and the surrounding area form one of the main themes of this year’s St James’ Fair.

Tomorrow night, Kelso Town Hall hosts an exhibition on Scott and his Kelso connections, while on Saturday, again in the town hall, there will be a junior workshop with local artist, Jane Gaze.

Run in conjunction with Historic Scotland, it will see youngsters helped to create models of historical figures similar to the ones on display at Smailholm Tower, where the young Scott spent much of his childhood.

Then, on Saturday night in the Cross Keys Hotel, Scotland on Sunday literary editor, Stuart Kelly, will discuss his book Scott-land.

Like the famous Abbotsford writer, Kelly has many local connections with the Kelso area himself, as his parents and grandfather live at Yetholm, while his uncle lives at Ednam.

Event organiser Trevor Black says the fair’s two-day programme will also include The Borders Has Talent show, which was a great success last year.

“As well as that, we have the traditional parade at 11.30am on Saturday, followed by the crowning of the king and queen at 12 noon,” he said.

There will also be musical entertainment from Kelso and Coldstream pipe bands, plus a funfair.”