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Borders specialists preserve traditional kilt-making

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A school has opened in the Borders to preserve the art of traditional kilt making.

Kilts and clan tartans date back hundreds of years.

But the traditional method of creating them declined after the Second World War, with many of those worn today made on machines.

Two specialists in Duns are offering lessons on the original method, and people are travelling from hundreds of miles to learn from them.


Border Weather - Monday

Ullswater Credit: TREVOR EARTHY

Dry and bright with some sunny spells expected, although any sunshine will be rather hazy.

There's a risk of isolated showers during the afternoon, especially in the west.

Feeling warm in any sunshine, with winds mostly light. Highs to 20°C.

Galashiels Braw Lad cracked ribs falling off horse

One of the principals in the Galashiels Common Ridings is recovering from falling off his horse.

Fraser Anderson, who was the 2014 Melrosian, cracked several ribs and sustained bumps and bruises when he fell off during a 4-hour ride out near Cauldshiels Loch.

The accident delayed the start of the Braw Lads Ride out while an air ambulance was called out, due to the inaccessibility of the area and concern for his condition.

His father Ian thanked everyone who helped on Fraser's Facebook page.

"Fraser has a few cracked ribs and plenty of aches but otherwise okay. Thanks again to everyone."

– Fraser's Father Ian

But thousands of people still packed the streets of Galashiels to cheer on Braw Lad Cameron Pate and Braw Lass Abbie Frankland.


The sun shines for Galashiels Braw Lads Day

Crowds turned out in the sunshine in Galashiels, for the latest event in the annual Common Ridings season.

The celebrations mark the culmination of the week long Braw Lads Gathering.

The Gathering has been an annual event in the town since 1930.

Hundreds lined the streets of Galashiels to watch the cavalcade Credit: ITV News Border
The sun shone for the annual festival Credit: ITV News Border
There was a festival atmosphere in the town Credit: ITV News Border
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