Love and matrimony bring Borders together over holiday weekend

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BORDERERS joined an estimated worldwide audience of two million people to toast the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

As the happy couple were wedded in Westminister Abbey last Friday, and took on the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, street parties were held in Peebles, Galashiels and Lauder.

Among them was Netherbank in Galashiels, which was shut off for 12 hours to allow residents to toast the happy couple.

The street even named their own king and queen – eight-year-old Alexander Ramage and Erin Turnbull, 11.

One of the organisers, Marianne Ward, said: “Everyone gets on so well in the street so it was decided to hold a party and cheer everyone up in hard times. It was a great day and night.”

Events also took place at Selkirk Rugby Club and the town’s Tory Club, as well as at a number of schools and nurseries across the region, as youngsters dressed up and enjoyed the parties.

And love was in the air in Melrose on Friday.

Thomas McLeish and Deborah Kellett tied the knot, while Gladys and Douglas Philp renewed their wedding vows.

Gladys told us: “My husband and I renewed our wedding vows after nearly 22 years of marriage. We chose the 29th before the royal announcement and were so very glad that the Reverend Alastair Bennett was not otherwise occupied as the Queen’s Chaplain and was able to perform the service for us in Melrose Parish Church.

“The reason we decided to renew our vows was it was my husband’s 70th birthday earlier in the week and because he was so ill two years ago and was not expected to survive we decided this was a good way to celebrate.”