Traquair to play its part

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KING LEAR will play a leading role in the contribution of the Borders to the Year of Natural Scotland, writes Bob Burgess.

This year’s initiative is fourth in the Scottish Government’s focus years and comes ahead of the second Year of Homecoming in 2014. Holyrood’s aim this year is to showcase Scotland’s natural assets.

And one of the main local events will be promenade productions of the family tragedy King Lear by the Shakespeare at Traquair amateur company.

It will be staged in the grounds of historic Traquair House near Innerleithen from May 29 to June 1, and again from June 5 to June 8.

Mike Cantlay, the chairman of VisitScotland, commented: “The Year of Natural Scotland is all about getting people out and about in our wonderful country. Whether it is experiencing the crystal-clear waters of the Outer Hebrides or walking in the Cheviots, the possibilities are almost limitless. When you factor in the stunning wildlife, it is no wonder that our natural environment is the number one reason why people want to visit here.”

Scotland’s tourism minister Fergus Ewing added: “ The focus years have been a great success. Together we can build on this success in the Year of Natural Scotland and keep the momentum going for the for the second Year of Homecoming.”