Accordionist accorded prize

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GALASHIELS accordionist Paul Capaldi has picked up a national title named after a fellow-townsman.

Paul won the Jimmy Clinkscale Shield – named after the founder of the Galashiels music shop – at the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs competition in Grangemouth. He was second in the open polka section.

Two of his pupils, Clovenfords sisters Zara and Robyn Elliot, also competed. Zara, eight, was third in the traditional solo section for under 10s, and Robyn competed in the under 12s fiddle solo.

Lauder and District Accordion and Fiddle Club restart their season of sessions on Sunday, April 3 in the Black Bull.

Guest will be Ian MacKenzie from Broughton, who plays alongside Paul in the Bon Accord Ceilidh Band.

Entry is £3 and the music begins at 2pm.