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Historic home inspires dance

Dancers take over Selkirk's Haining House. Credit: ITV News Border

A dance performance around the grounds of Selkirk's Historic Haining House will begin this evening (Thursday 12th).

The choreographer led production will involve around 70 dancers from the local area.

It will tell a story about what life would have been like at the Edwardian mansion.

The Haining was left to the people of Selkirk and the wider area following the death of landlord Andrew Nimmo Smith in 2009.

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YES Arts Festival programme

Exhibitions have been up and running across Selkirk and the surrounding valleys since Monday, but from today (12th September) there are a number of live events, including:

  • 'Creative Conversations' at The County Hotel at 2.30pm, Thursday to Saturday.
  • Lunchtime 'play and a platter' performances at the County Hotel in Selkirk from 1pm, Thursday to Sunday.
  • 'Haining Dreaming' dance production at Selkirk's Haining House at 7pm, Thursday to Saturday.
  • A poetry masterclass with Liz Lochhead at Aikwood Tower at 10am on Friday.

Art exhibitions can be seen at The Haining House, 1 Tower Street, No48 The Marketplace, WASPs Studio, Clapperon Studio and Andrew Elliot's Mill.

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New Arts Festival for Selkirk

Dancers rehearse at Selkirk's Haining House Credit: ITV News Border

Dancing, theatre, poetry and art are taking centre stage in Selkirk over the next four days.

The first ever YES Arts Festival is taking place in the town and surrounding valleys from 12th-15th September.

The creative centre piece is a dance performance at the historic Haining House in Selkirk, which will take place at 7pm from 12th-4th.

Four Border Theatre companies will be staging lunchtime plays at the County Hotel in Selkirk each day.

There will also be readings from writer Liz Lochhead and exhibitions around the area.

It's hoped the Festival will attract more visitors to the valleys of Yarrow and Ettrick and Selkirk.