On the first day of his week-long constituency campervan tour, Borders MP Calum Kerr met Burnfoot Community Hub project manager Jan Pringle and other local people in order to find out more about the project.
The MP was delighted to learn that the Hub’s cafe – he is pictured sampling a portion of its cheescake – has exceeded its initial estimate for visitor numbers by a substantial margin since it opened last year.
Mr Kerr commented: “I think this is an inspiring project and was very impressed to hear that it’s doing so well. I was also delighted to learn that the Hub is drawing people in from other parts of Hawick too.”
The MP’s day was also taken up by visits to Bonchester Bridge, Newcastleton, Whithaugh Park and Hermitage. He then stopped off at Burnfoot before visiting Ashkirk.
He said: “I understand people in Hawick and Liddesdale sometimes feel that other parts of our region take priority, so it was very important for me to start the first day of my tour in this area.”