Nostalgia: Melrose pageant celebrates abbey's 850th birthday

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Melrose pageant 1986
Schoolchildren took part in a pageant in 1986, depicting the history of Melrose Abbey.

And judging by those puddles, they were probably glad of the extra head coverings. Weather notwithstanding, the pageant was a great success, with around 280 children from Melrose Grammar School, St Mary’s and Newtown St Boswells Primary taking part in processions to the abbey from four different points in the town. The pageant was part of events marking the abbey’s 850th anniversary.