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Melrose’s principal guest pays tribute to townsfolk

It’s not the shops, the restaurants, the abbey or the festival which makes Melrose great, it’s the people.

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Galashiels' Braw Lad and Lass, Greg Kelly and Kimberley O'May, followed Selkirk's standard bearer Peter Forrest on common riding Friday.

New-look event for families on Gala’s big day

With the Galashiels Braw Lads’ Gathering taking place next Saturday, June 30, and events beginning tomorrow, organisers are going flat out to deliver a memorable gala day.

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This year's principals.

Peebles Beltane 2018 weekend timetable

Peebles Beltane Festival got under way on Sunday, and red letter day is fast approaching for this year’s team of prinicpals.

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The Greenlaw Maid, Charlee Maclean and her court.

Lots of family fun awaits at Greenlaw Festival

The 2018 Greenlaw Festival, which is being held on June 29 - July 1, is set to be bigger and better than ever.

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Amanda Barnes, from Cherrytrees Flower Garden near Kelso, is taking part in  the lonely bouquet scheme as part of British Flowers Week which encourages everyone to buy more seasonal, locally grown cut flowers.

Keep your eyes peeled in Kelso for a lonely bouquet

Residents and visitors to Kelso could be lucky enough to go home with a free bunch of fresh flowers this weekend.

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Benjamin Myers wins the ninth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Gallows Pole.

The Gallows Pole scoops the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize

Benjamin Myers has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The Gallows Pole, published by small Yorkshire-based independent press Bluemoose Books.

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Fr@gile - an installation created by a group of local young people, thanks to funding from YouthLink Scotland. It explores communication, and the shifting ways in which we interact with the digital age. The Young Alchemy Moving Image Makers are: Lucka Best, Esme Biggar, Amelie Berry, Sophie Berry, Yasmin Watson, Skye Sommerville, Gavin Black, and Pippa Cuthbert.

Alchemy puts Hawick on the map as Scotland’s Film Town

Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival is celebrating its 2018 success in Hawick.

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A local opticians from Galashiels is encouraging would-be writers and poets to submit prose to a national Creative Writing Competition run by the charity, Carers UK.'Specsavers ongoing support of the writing competition campaign aims to increase awareness of its home-visiting service to individuals who are unable to make it to a store unaccompanied.

Budding Borders bards sought to get to the heart of caring

A creative writing competition has launched for budding writers in the Borders aiming to get to the heart of what caring means to family, friends and carers in the community.

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‘It’s like Glastonbury, but with librarians’

The Borders Book Festival has once again beaten all previous records despite some unseasonal stormy weather, with ticket sales up 15.5% on the previous year.

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‘This was everything I dreamed it would be and so much more’

It was most definitely a Hail Smilin’ Morn on Friday for Souters as Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Peter Forrest and his attendants did his town proud.

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Villagers enjoy a fun-filled Yetholm Festival Week

It may be small, but the community of Yetholm proved it knows how to pull off a big week, having boasted yet another successful festival last week.

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Royal Burgh Standard Bearer Peter Forrest

No nerves for relaxed Peter ahead of Selkirk’s big day

Tomorow, Peter Forrest will be the latest in a long line of Selkirk Royal Burgh Standard Bearers to cast the town’s colours, tradition sitting heavily on his shoulders.

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Lloyd Smith exhibition raises money for palliative care unit

Rarely-shown portraits of famous actors, writers and other celebrities on show in an exhibition in Marmions Brasserie, Melrose.

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2018 Braw Lad Greg Kelly and Braw Lass Kimberley O'May

Braw Lad and Lass ready to get on their bikes then make a splash

The Braw Lads’ Gathering’s programme of events continues next week with the Braw Lads’ bike ride this Sunday, June 17

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This was the moment Kelso's Ali Hay ran out of strength in Saturday's final ... his grip failing him as he swung over to another bar. However, he reached the top five contestants out of thousands of entries, and in doing so built up a strong fan base.

Borders ninja Ali Hay loses his grip on trophy

He may not have reached the dreaded Mount Midoriyama on Saturday, but Kelso’s Ali Hay did himself and the Borders proud by reaching the last five standing in the Ninja Warrior UK competition.

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Richard Scott, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch.

Duke of Buccleuch to discuss family connections to fugitive king at Borders festival

The Duke of Buccleuch would have a very different tale to tell if Charles II had not regained his throne in 1660, he has revealed.

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Charles Spencer.

Earl Spencer to tell tale of royal ancestor’s great escape to audience at Borders Book Festival

Charles Spencer might be a descendant of King Charles II, but when he appears at this week’s Borders Book Festival, he’ll admit to being far from unique in that regard.

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Alexander McCall Smith.

Borders festival star turn Alexander McCall Smith anything but a man of few words

The word prolific could have been invented to describe international best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, one of the star turns on the bill for this year’s Borders Book Festival.

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Kate Mosse.

Author Kate Mosse thinking big again as she gets ready to return to Borders Book Festival

The last time award-winning author Kate Mosse appeared at the Borders Book Festival, in 2013, she asked its organisers to invite her back the next time she had a “big historical novel” out, so she was delighted to get an invitation to return to Melrose this weekend.

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Carol Klein.

Gardening not just about flower power, Carol Klein will tell Borders festival

Television gardener Carol Klein cultivated a new set of fans on a visit to Borders Book Festival last year and will be back by popular demand at this month’s gathering.

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