Borders in talent hunt

PRIZE money totalling £500 is available for this September’s Borders Has Talent contest.

The competition is part of Kelso’s St James’ Fair which runs on September 3 and 4.

Last year’s contest was won by Lauder songwriter Justine Blaszk, pictured, top of page, ahead of the talented fiddler Eryn Rae and Sam Johnston and his rendition of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.

The winner this year will pick up £250, with the runner-up taking home £100, and other prizes available for the remaining finalists.

The auditions take place at the British Legion Club in Kelso on Saturday, August 20.

A spokesman for St James’ Fair said: “It doesn’t matter whether contestants are magicians, singers, dancers or storytellers, we are looking for the performer who has that certain something and can capture an audience’s imagination.”

The auditions are limited to the first 40 applications received with the best 12 acts going forward to the finals, which take place on the main stage at St James’ Fair.

Borders Has Talent 2011 is open to non-professional musical and novelty acts of all ages, but some limitations apply with details on the application form which are available by email from

Completed forms must be posted and reach the organisers by August 1.