Selkirk hopes to go places with creative bid

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Selkirk is preparing to get creative in an effort to bag £100,000 from a national scheme which celebrates cultural life in the community.

Led by Selkirkshire councillor Vicky Davidson, a bid is being prepared for Creative Scotland’s Creative Place Awards for the Royal Burgh and communities in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys.

The application qualifies for the award in the communities with under 10,000 residents category and offers a first prize of £100,000. And Ms Davidson says the proposal builds on the Imagine Selkirk scheme, which she hopes will impress the judges.

The bid reads: “If successful, we plan to use the clustering of artists and the creative energy in Selkirk and the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys to promote a positive, forward-looking image of the area and to be recognised as a place where creative things happen.”

The statement adds that it wants to “encourage particularly young people in the area to use their imagination to project how things might develop positively in the future for both themselves and their community”.

And it also wishes to generate “positive feeling”, both within the local community and further afield.

The bid is led by Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company in partnership with the Selkirk Regeneration Company, the YES festival and the Chamber of Trade.