Extreme sports on view in town

The Bank St crowd will be able to see many thrilling displays by the Team Extreme athletes.
The Bank St crowd will be able to see many thrilling displays by the Team Extreme athletes.

Galashiels is going to extremes next month as its Bank Street Gardens host a day of half-pipe demonstrations.

Professional BMX riders and skateboarders will show what they can do, and additional attractions include a 7m-high climbing wall, gladiator duel arena, live music stage, Zumba demonstrations, spin bike displays by Live Borders and street buskers.

All the events taking place on Saturday, August 25, from 11am to 4pm, are free.

Galashiels BID group vice-chairman Andrew Poole, co-organiser of the event, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be bringing a professional stunt team to Galashiels. This is a real first.

“Team Extreme perform daredevil stunts, throwing themselves sometimes 20ft into the air on their skateboards and BMX bikes. This alone promises to be an exciting spectacle to watch.

“Add into that the other attractions and the whole day is shaping up to be something very unique for Galashiels and a whole lot of fun for everyone – and, importantly, everything on the day is free.”

Andrew added: “BID For Galashiels is a business community-led organisation seeking to establish a Business Improvement District for Galashiels town centre.

“Part of that project is to demonstrate to local businesses how we can improve footfall and visitors to the town.

“This event is just one example of how we may be able to do that on a more regular basis, if the business owners vote positively for a BID to be established when they are balloted in November this year.

“Further information on the BID project can be found on the www.bidforgalashiels.co.uk website”