No Jim Clark Rally in May 2015

A decision has been taken that the 2015 Jim Clark Memorial Rally will not be staged in May next year.

Scottish Borders Council has announced it will not be possible to hold the world-famous event in the spring after discussions with Police Scotland and partners.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council, said the decision had not been taken lightly.

“We have made every effort and explored a wide range of options to overcome a number of issues but have regrettably concluded that we are not in a position to commence planning the event,” she said.

“Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland have met with the organisers of the Jim Clark Memorial Rally and discussed the situation with them.

“The possibility of delaying the event to later in the year has been discussed and is being explored by the rally organisers.”

Investigations into the deaths of three spectators at the 2014 rally are still ongoing and SBC says these need to be concluded before detailed planning for the 2015 event could begin.

Ms Logan added: “A vital part of planning an annual event is a debrief on the previous year’s event. This is all the more important given the circumstances surrounding this year’s rally.

“However, such a debrief simply cannot take place, and will not be allowed to take place by the investigators until their work is completed, which may not be until well into next year.

“The deaths of three spectators at this year’s rally were a tragedy that hit all those associated with the Jim Clark Memorial Rally and the wider Borders community very hard. The safety of the public at future events is of paramount importance to us all.”

The Jim Clark Memorial Rally provides an annual £3.5m boost to the region’s economy, attracting thousands of spectators to the region.