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Fun in the sun for Galashiels Braw Lads Gathering

Around 300 horses took part in the annual event Credit: ITV Border
Hundreds turned out to watch the procession in the town centre Credit: ITV Border

Thousands lined the streets of Galashiels for the annual Braw Lads Gathering. The event began in 1930 to celebrate key moments in the town's history. It's one of a string of Borders towns to celebrate over the Common Ridings season. David Houston, the Chairman of the Braw Lads Executive Council spoke to Hannah McNulty:

WATCH: The Big Sing comes to Cumbria

Singing is gaining in popularity these days - with programmes like ITV's The Voice and The Voice Kids inspiring people of all ages.

And in our region, hundreds of schoolchildren from Cumbria and North Yorkshire have been learning to sing with one of the best conductors in the business.

David Lawrence usually leads huge choirs of young people but he was invited to conduct the Big Sing at a school near Kirkby Lonsdale:

Civil War of 1645 recreated in the Borders

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Thirlestane Castle in Lauder turned back time this weekend to 1645, to re-enact the Civil War.

The battle depicts a similar skirmish that happened near Selkirk in the 17th century.

Soldiers, muskets, pikes and drums came to life in drill displays.

There's a lot of fun, around, it's like being a big kid, so you get to do lots of fun things, but the serious angle is that people understand their own heritage, their own history, their own culture and perhaps, dispel a few myths about how people were."

– Richard Boyce, Sealed Knots Society
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