NORWEGIAN prizewinners were in Selkirk this week.
The 15 shop assistants, manager and managing director of 30-shop fashion chain VOLT in Norway were in the area because they had sold the most Lyle and Scott knitwear within the group in a competition run by the Norwegian importer of the Borders’ textiles, SMD Holding.
Most of the group were staying at The County Hotel in the town and co-owner Trond Dalby said: “The importer stays with us often and he wanted to show the winners a bit of Scotland and give them a bit of the history of the textile industry and more of an understanding of where Lyle and Scott comes from and the textile traditions of the area.”
The group of people, most in their 20s, most of whom had never visited Scotland before, were in the region from Monday to Wednesday. They tasted whisky at the hotel and visited the Glenkinchie Distillers. They also did a tour of the Borders and on Wednesday, they dressed in kilts and took part in a tug of war and tossing the sheaf competitions at Inchkeith farm at Lauder. They also tried to gather ewes with the assistance of a sheepdog!
Yesterday Trond said: “I think they had a great time. We (he and co-owner Will Haegeland) went with them to the farm for the tug of war and sheep gathering and they really had a good time.”
Will said: “It was an important visit. The competition was to increase the sale of Lyle and Scott products in Norway. These people represent one of the largest textile companies in northern Europe and if, following the visit, it increases trade again that will bring more money in the Borders. And also for tourism, they had a very nice tour of the Borders and took a lot of pictures and will speak to their friends and family and say how much of a good time they had and perhaps people will think ‘we should go to Scotland’.”