Tom Conti enjoys relaxed atmosphere of Borders Book Festival

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Book Festival favourite Tom Conti was another big name gracing the annual four-day literary extravaganza’s opening night.

Speaking to The Southern in a sunlit Harmony Garden in the shadow of Melrose Abbey, the Paisley-born star of stage and screen said he enjoyed coming to the festival.

“I like everything about it, it’s a really nice place to come and there’s a very friendly and easy atmosphere,” Conti, 71, told The Southern ahead if his sell-out festival show.

“You don’t feel a lot of tension here. It’s a pleasure to do it really.”