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Mixed feelings on Kelsae Stone

A modern sculpture that cost £40,000 has been unveiled in a historic Scottish Borders town.

The Kelsae Stone is the first bit of public art to go in Kelso's main square for 300 years.

The artist has chiselled the names of surrounding communities into the rock.

So how has it gone down with the locals? Mattew Taylor's been to find out:

But what do you think of the new sculpture? A waste of money or a bright new addition?

Get in touch with your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or email us at pamandian@itv.com

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£40,000 Kelsae Stone to be unveiled

The official unveiling will take place of a new piece of artwork in the centre of Kelso.

The Kelsae Stone was chosen as the winner of a £40,000 public art competition.

The stone for the 20 ton artwork was sourced from southern India.

It's been inscribed with the names of places around the Kelso area and will be unveiled in the town's square this afternoon.

Jim Clark Rally enters day two

The famous Jim Clark Rally is entering its second day.

It is the only closed road rally in the UK mainland, and includes the BRC Rally, National, Clubman, Historic, Reivers and Landrover rallies around the towns of Kelso and Duns.

The Rally Service Area at Springwood Park in Kelso is open to spectators today (Saturday 31st May).

At the end of the first day, Welsh driver Osian Pryce is leading the British Rally Championship section of the Jim Clark Rally after 8 stages.

Duns driver Garry Pearson in fourth position. Local driver Euan Thorburn's hopes of a Jim Clark Rally hat trick were dashed after suffering a puncture on Friday.

Controversial artwork gets Kelso talking

If you've been to the Border town of Kelso in the past week, you will have noticed the huge rock that has appeared in the town square.

The 19 tonne lump of basalt will be carved with local place names.

Called the Kelsae Stane, it's the winning design of a £40,000 art project and, like most pieces of public art, it's certainly a talking point.

Jenny Longden reports.

Borders MSP wins US-style primary elections

A Borders MSP has been voted in as the next Conservative Candidate for Westminster in a groundbreaking election process.

The US-style open primary saw hundreds of people attend a packed out Kelso Tait Hall last night to vote.

They chose current Member of the Scottish Parliament John Lamont to contest the Westminster seat for the region next year. Jenny Longden reports.

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US style open primary hailed a huge success

A US-style open primary election to find a Conservative candidate for the next General Election has been hailed a huge success.

A packed out Kelso Tait Hall during the open primary elections. Credit: ITV News Border

More than 300 people attend the question and answer session at the Kelso Tait Hall on Sunday, 16 February.

John Lamont takes questions from the audience Credit: ITV News Border

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont was chosen to stand against current MP Michael Moore at the Westminster elections next year.

Councillor Michelle Ballantyne is questioned Credit: ITV News Border

It was a choice between Mr Lamont and the leader of the Conservative party group at Scottish Borders Council, Councillor Michelle Ballantyne.

300 people vote in Kelso's US-style open primary

A Borders MSP has been chosen by the public to stand as the conservative candidate for Westminster next year, in a groundbreaking election process.

More than 300 people voted in the US-style open primary in Kelso last night.

MSP John Lamont was voted in as the preferred candidate for the next general election.

It's the first time a selection contest of this type has been held in Scotland, and it could be rolled out across the country.

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