Fact, fiction and local history came together under one roof last weekend with the opening of the new Lauderdale Library and Hardie Archive in Lauder’s refurbished Old Jail.

Part of the landmark Town Hall building, the Old Jail has been transformed with the assistance of Big Lottery funding from Awards for All, Scotland. The former cells now accommodate the voluntary library and a valuable collection of historical documents which will be on show to the public for the first time.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Veronica Duncan, library chairman, said “A great deal of work has gone into securing the future of the library and creating the new archive. I really want to thank everyone who has played a part in making it all come together. This is a great facility for the residents of Lauderdale and for others who are interested in finding out about its past.”

The opening ceremony was performed by Bill Walker, founder chairman of the library and local historian, who is pictured with Veronica, right, and library secretary Kate Hankey.