Prince set to visit Abbotsford

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THE Prince of Wales will be in the Borders on Tuesday for official visits to two historic properties.

He will be visiting in his official capacity of Duke of Rothesay – as is custom when the the prince is in Scotland.

Prince Charles will first officially open the newly-restored Greenlaw Town Hall, where he will also meet with those involved in the project, as well as local members of the wider community.

The prince will then call at Abbotsford House, near Melrose, to learn about the work currently under way to preserve and improve the buildings, contents and land associated with novelist Sir Walter Scott.

Chairman of the Abbotsford Trust, Tony Taylor, says the organisation is delighted to be welcoming the prince to Scott’s former home.

“The programme of what the prince will see has still to be established,” Mr Taylor told TheSouthern.

“But it will also bring a lot of valuable publicity, highlighting the work going on at Abbotsford and the hard work being done by a lot of people.”

Work is due to start on Abbotsford’s new interpretation centre, visitor reception building and car parking next month as part of an overall project costed at just over £11million.

Earlier this month, the Abbotsford Trust appointed a curator and a conservator to undertake the critical tasks of preserving and interpreting Sir Walter Scott’s unique collections.

New curator Matthew Withey previously worked for organisations such as English Heritage and the National Galleries of Scotland, while former Imperial War Museum expert, Joanna Cook, is the new project conservator.

After his visit to the Borders, Prince Charles will then go on to Ayrshire and Dumfries.

The Duchess of Rothesay, meanwhile, as president of the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, will hold a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.