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Hairy Bikers to dish up starter at Borders Book Festival

The Hairy Bikers will kick off the festival Credit: PA

TV chefs the Hairy Bikers will kick off this weekend’s Borders Book Festival in Melrose.

Throughout the four days there will be live music, a tented food village and plenty of free activities for all ages.

The festival also includes a Schools Gala Day which sees more than 1,200 children and teachers attending from primary schools across the Borders, whilst a new Health & Wellbeing festival will run throughout the Friday afternoon to include yoga, drop-in massage therapy and mindfulness.

Other Book Festival highlights include Robert Peston’s Lecture on the state of the nation, Archie Macpherson recalling the glory years of Scottish football, Alexander McCall Smith celebrating 20 years of his bestselling No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; King of Crime Ian Rankin talking all things Rebus and Richard Holloway musing on mortality in his Waiting for the Last Bus.