The only way is Wessex for Tweeddale

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Prince Edward will officially open the Newlands Centre in Romanno Bridge today (Thursday).

The Earl of Wessex will make the trip to Tweeddale and will also take in the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles.

A community facility, the Newlands Centre was opened in November 2011 to serve the residents of Newlands, Lamancha and Kirkurd.

The building is managed and owned by Newlands Community Development Trust, with the local primary school connected and upgraded as part of the overall project, which cost in the region of £1.7million.

The Earl of Wessex will tour the school and speak to the pupils before moving to the centre where they will sing a specially-written song.

Following a trip around the community building he will unveil two plaques to open the centre and to commemorate his visit to the school.

Beforehand, Prince Edward will watch a short piece by Shakespeare at Traquair at the theatre, ahead of the estate’s Shakespeare Festival this weekend.

He will also meet staff and chat with children working their way through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Earl of Wessex was last in the Borders in February 2008, when he visited Duns.