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Exhibition of rare Pringle of Scotland pieces

A model on the Pringle of Scotland 2015 catwalk Credit: ITV Border

Rare pieces of knitwear produced in the Borders have gone on display at the National Museum of Scotland.

The exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of Pringle of Scotland, tracing the history of the company from its beginning as an undergarment manufacturer in Hawick.

The company claim its roots are important to its success.

It is one of the reasons why Pringle still has its head office there, it is why it does all of its sampling and limited edition production there. So it is still a vital part of Scottish manufacturing"

– Alistair O'Neill, Curator Pringle of Scotland


Pringle of Scotland celebrates 200 years

Pringle of Scotland can trace its roots back to 1815 Credit: ITV Border

One of the Borders' most famous textile brands is celebrating 200 years in business.

Pringle of Scotland can trace its roots back to 1815, when it first started out in Hawick.

An exhibition to make the bicentenary is being held at the National Museum of Scotland.

Hawick textile summit

Members of the textile industry have been invited to a summit organised by the Scottish Government.

The event will be chaired by Finance Minister John Swinney at Peter Scott Knitwear.

"I am keen to understand better the challenges facing your sector and to identify areas where the Scottish Government and its key agencies can work with you to support continued and sustainable growth.

"Textile industry bosses say they are looking for more support from the Scottish Government for apprenticeships and trainee schemes."

– Finance Minister John Swinney

Full Report: Mongolian delegation visits Hawick

It travels all the way from Mongolia to the Scottish Borders - and from the Scottish Borders it is exported around the world.

Last year 1.4 million pounds worth of cashmere came to the country, and such is its importance that today the region was visited by the Mongolian ambassador and the Central Orchestra of the Mongolian Armed Forces.

Watch the full report from Andy Burn below.

Mongolian Ambassador: "We are honoured to be invited to Hawick"

The ambassador of Mongolia, Narkhuu Tulga, has been speaking of the hard work behind today's visit to Hawick ahead of the delegation's arrival:

“We have all worked very hard to bring this project to fruition.

"Officials and senior officers in Defence, Foreign Affairs and other ministries met with the Tattoo Producer in February and he was hugely impressed by all that he saw in Mongolia, not only in Ulaabaatar but also in the countryside as well.

"We are honoured to be invited to Hawick and I look forward very much to touring the facilities at Hawick Cashmere and meeting everyone involved.”

– Ambassador Tulga


Mongolian delegation to visit Hawick

The Mongolian Ambassador will lead a delegation to Hawick to explore opportunities in textile manufacturing.

The Borders MP Michael Moore will host the visit by Ambassador Tulga - who is looking at cashmere manufacturing.

There will also be a performance in Hawick by the 70 strong Central Orchestra of the Mongolian Armed Forces.

It is the first official visit by Mongolian officials to the town.

Calls for Reid and Taylor grant money to be repaid

It's emerged that a textile mill which closed with the loss of 35 jobs took 92 thousand pounds worth of tax payers' money in loans and grants.

The owners of the Reid and Taylor mill in Langholm were given the money in 2011.

The firm went into administration last month and was closed for good two weeks ago.Local MSP Joan McAlpine has written to the Scottish Goverment to find out if any of the money can be reclaimed from the company's former owners, S Kumpars group of India.

She says that it was right to support the company at the time but believes that there may be a case for the parent group to repay part of the money so that it can be re-invested in Langholm.

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