Plans for a £1.5 million redevelopment of the Jim Clark Museum has been given the green light.

The museum has been granted £635,000 of lottery money to expand the existing Jim Clark Room.

A similar amount will be provided by the Scottish Borders Council, and the rest from public donations.

The Jim Clark Trust confirmed it had reached its fundraising target of £300,000 thanks to the support fundraisers.

The project will see the existing space in Duns redeveloped to create a modern museum.

It will celebrate the life and achievements of Jim Clark, a double Formula One world champion.

Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust said:

I am thrilled that the dream has come true that sufficient funding is going to permit a great Scottish hero to be honoured by what will be an excellent testimony to his success as one of the world's greatest racing drivers of all time.

Sir Jackie Stewart, Honorary President, The Jim Clark Trust
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The new museum will showcase memorabilia and the trophy collection, including two of Jim Clark’s race cars.

The Jim Clark Trust and representatives of the Jim Clark Memorial Room Trust have been involved throughout the project development, and have played a key role in fundraising.

Trustee and cousin of Jim Clark said:

On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Borders Council and the thousands of individuals across the world that have supported our £300,000 charity fundraising campaign, without whom this project would not be possible.

Doug Niven, Trustee, The Jim Clark Trust

The new museum is due to open in 2019.