Peter Alliss opens festival with laughs

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THE Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival at Harmony House in Melrose is most definitely under way, writes Kevin Janiak.

Kicking off proceedings tonight (Thursday) was legendary golf commentator Peter Alliss, whose voice, like velvet covered gravel, entranced the audience at the Festival Marquee.

Peter Alliss signs his books for some fans following his hilarious show which opened the Borders Book Festival at Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

Peter Alliss signs his books for some fans following his hilarious show which opened the Borders Book Festival at Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

Alliss talked of his previous visits to the Borders and reminisced on his early golfing career.

His successes as a player were not minute, by any means. in fact, he is the only player to win the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Opens one after the other in the space of three weeks - a feat unlikely to be beaten.

But he found life as a commentator a little bit more lucrative.

One of his early jobs was to commentate on the popular Pro-Celebrity matches, which ran on the BBC for 14 years.

Alliss had the audience in fits with his tales of the derring-dos (and derring don’ts, and in the case of Leslie Neilsen, derring cant’s) of the assembled celebs.

If this first show is any indication of how this festival is going to pan out, then it is undoubtedly going to be one of the best.