Ambassador’s tour of the Borders

GERMANY’S ambassador to the UK, George Boomgaarden, and his wife Christiane visited the Borders as guests of the council and local MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore.

He called at Hawick and Jedburgh companies Emtelle, House of Cheviot and Mainetti, as well as Scottish Borders Council’s Newtown HQ.

The ambassador commented: “From the most advanced modern technology to traditional craftsmanship, the Borders provides a variety of trades and industries to a very high standard.”

Mr Moore said: “I am very pleased that the German ambassador was able to visit the Borders and see some of the excellent high-quality goods which we produce.”

At Newtown the ambassador discussed tourism, industry and the teaching of languages.

LEFT: Keith Barker, sales and marketing manager; Michael Moore; councillor Vicky Davidson, the ambassador; Mrs Boomgaarden and consul general Wolfgang Mossinger at House of Cheviot factory

RIGHT: Sir Michael Strang Steel, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale; Graham Garvie, executive councillor for culture, sport and community learning; Christiane Boomgaarden; Carolyn Riddell-Carre, executive councillor for planning and environment; German Ambassador George Boomgaarden and consul general Wolfgang Mössinger