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Story of Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE forms part of new exhibition

Madge Elliot MBE, John Lamont MSP and Elliot's son, Kim. Credit: SCUP Borders

Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE from Hawick visited the Scottish Parliament today as her story was revealed as part of a new exhibition.

Madge Elliot was at the forefront of the campaign to reopen the Waverley line, which lead to one train being named after her in 2015. She also founded the Campaign for Borders Rail.

John Lamont MSP said the exhibition pays tribute to the hard work that brought back part of the Waverley line.

Madge has visited the Scottish Parliament a number of times to push for the new line and it was down to her hard work that the legislation was passed to begin the process of reopening the railway.

While the results of her efforts have been great, Madge agrees with the need to continue to press for the line to go on to Hawick, her home town, and beyond.

Very fittingly, Madge took the train to the Parliament and said she was very impressed with the service.

– John Lamont MSP.

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WATCH: Attracting Americans to the Scottish Borders

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A new video showcasing the best of the Scottish Borders has been created by Visit Scotland.

It's part of a three-year campaign to market the Borders Railway internationally, and put the new 100-mile track on the map.

This video is specifically geared towards attracting more visitors from the United States.

At Visit Scotland we've identified the US market as our biggest single market. We're doing the video to attract people to show them the stunning scenery that's available in the Borders and some of the attractions across the region."

– Doug Wilson, Regional Director Visit Scotland

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Shuttle bus connects Selkirk to Borders Railway

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Visitors will be able to catch the train to get to this year’s Doors Open Day in Selkirk.

A free half-hourly shuttle bus service will take passengers from Tweedbank Rail Station to Selkirk town centre on Saturday 17 September, when a total of 17 buildings can be accessed free of charge as part of Doors Open Day.

Doors Open Day is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event which sees hundreds of properties not normally open to the public made accessible for one day during September.

Co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and part of European Heritage Days, the local programme has been developed this year by Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme with a wide mix of buildings open to the public in and around the town.

Among the highlights in Selkirk is Sir Walter Scott’s Courthouse, where the famous novelist himself served as Sheriff in the 19th century. It will host a dramatic re-enactment of a case involving robbery and a secret liaison.

Other buildings to be opened up include Haining House, the Duke of Buccleuch’s Bowhill House, the striking modernist studio of the late designer Bernat Klein and observation tower on the nearby Riddell Estate.

Selkirk’s textile past is recognised with the traditional Forest Mill operated by Andrew Elliot open for tours, as well as a mills walking tour around the area which once made the Royal Burgh a key part of the industrial revolution.

“Doors Open Days is a great way to catch a glimpse inside some fantastic buildings which you may not have seen inside before.

“The programme this year contains some wonderful opportunities to encourage the whole family to explore buildings including a kids pack to keep the little ones interested which will be available on the day from our base in the Victoria Halls.”

– Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Officer
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