Members of a local Twenty 10 club, who drew criticism for dressing up as disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile and his schoolgirl victims at the Lauder Common Riding, have apologised for any offence caused.
We, the members of the 2010 club who participated in Lauder Fancy Dress recognise we made a serious error of judgement in our choice of subject for our float at this year’s event.
"It was never our intention to cause offence to anyone. For the upset we have caused or may cause we unreservedly apologise.
Police Scotland have confirmed it has received a report about animal faeces being left outside the home of one of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding. A spokesperson confirmed an investigation is underway.
One of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding says they have been targeted after a fancy dress float caused offence at this year's event. A float with people dressed as Jimmy Savile and schoolgirls was part of a parade in the Borders town last weekend.
The stunt made national news headlines and was criticised by politicians and charities. The organiser says animal droppings were left at their home and have reported the matter to Police.
The keys to the new Lauder Health Centre will be officially handed over today.
The purpose built centre in Crofts Road, Lauder replaces the Factors Park and Memorial Health Centres. Lauderdale residents will also benefit from a new and improved children's play park, brand new all weather pitch and sports changing facility.
Peter Saunders, from the National Association of People Abused in Childhood, spoke to Pam about the charity's reaction to a Jimmy Savile themed float being featured in a fancy dress competition at the Lauder Common Riding.
A charity which supports people abused in childhood say they have already had a number of calls from "distressed" victims of abuse.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood said the float featuring people in Jimmy Savile costumes at a festival in the Borders was "crass".
"We've already had calls to the NAPAC support line from people who are distressed by this because every time people do stupid things like this and glorify these crimes, it will glorify abuse - not just Savile victims who will understandably be upset, but other victims of childhood abuse."