Balding in the Borders

BROADCASTER Clare Balding, pictured right, turned down the chance to cover the Ryder Cup in order to speak to a packed house at The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells 
last week.

A natural storyteller, she kept the crowd in stitches with tales of a childhood spent on her father’s racing yard where the Queen was one of his owners, and horses came first.

Balding was promotoing her new book, My Animals and Other Family, a funny, brave, tender story of self-discovery.