Jedburgh aims for outdoors gym

Jedburgh community councillors hope to install an outdoors gym next to the river before winter.

It has been two years in the offing and was first suggested as a Golden Jubilee project to replace a previous 1977 Silver Jubilee trim track in the town.

But now, thanks to grants, the councillors are down to finding the last £1,800 for the eight-piece gym.

They heard earlier this summer that they had secured lottery cash of £5,831 from Awards for All, which boosted nearly £13,000 from other grants from Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

The councillors are now applying for the rest of the cash from SBC’s Quality of Life fund and hope to hear back either this or next month.

Project leader Kevin Hill said: “We’re getting quite excited about it now that we’re nearly there.

“I think people will use the gym. It has generated quite a bit of interest in the town.

“From ordering to it being in position and ready to use will be six to eight weeks, so we’re hopeful it will be in place before winter, otherwise we will wait until the spring.”

The councillors have chosen to have the metal pieces painted in the town colours of red and blue. And the equipment – which will be free to use – will be set up in two places along the riverside between Canongate and Abbey Bridges.