Salmond thanked for helping businesses

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FIRST minister Alex Salmond lent his support to the campaigning of Christine Grahame when he visited the Borders yesterday.

Mr Salmond toured the Leadburn Manor fly fishing centre near Peebles before heading for the town’s Cavalry Park where he officially opened the new Tweed Homes business development, Cherry Court.

He and Ms Grahame, who will make a fourth attempt to be a constituency MSP for the SNP when she contests Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, were welcomed by Tweed Homes founder and director Andy Pearson.

“I thanked Mr Salmond for the signficant measures his government have introduced to help us weather the economic downturn, including the National Housing Trust pilot programme which will help us build 50 new homes in Galashiels and Innerleithen, and the small business bonus scheme,” said Mr Pearson.

Mr Salmond then met representatives of the 11 businesses that have bought or leased the units at Cherry Court, which was completed at the end of 2009.

There was a surprise in store for Mr Salmond at the end of his tour when he was ‘flash-choired’ by a group of 30 singers from Peebles community choir Inchorus, joined by members of Lothian and Borders Police choir, who performed Lean on Me and Auld Lang Syne, much to the delight of the VIP guest.

Mr Salmond completed his Borders visit at the Victim Support offices in High Street, Galashiels.