Selkirk Courthouse officially opened after £431,000 renovation

£450,000 has been spent on Selkirk's town centre. Credit: Credit: ITV News

Selkirk has celebrated its new-look town centre as part of its annual Christmas lights switch-on ceremony.

A day of festivities culminated in the official opening of the Selkirk Streetscape Scheme and renovated Sir Walter Scott Courthouse, marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the Courthouse.

The Courthouse is where Sir Walter Scott dispensed justice to the people of Selkirkshire in the early 19th century.

The iconic building’s refurbished clock faces and stained glass window were switched on for the occasion. The ribbon was cut by Rowland’s Year of the Young Person winner Logan Fairbairn.

“I have always wanted to be involved in the Christmas lights switch-on so I am thrilled to take part this year and help open the new look town centre and Courthouse.”

Logan Fairbairn

The £431,000 Courthouse restoration was the centrepiece of the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, which hopes to safeguard the historic town centre building for years to come.

Works on the building were extended thanks to additional funding to include repairs to the cockerel weather vane, refurbishment of the clock faces, and extensive repairs to its defective stonework.

The Courthouse works took place alongside the £450,000 Selkirk Streetscape Scheme, which has resulted in various changes to the town centre including provision for a Market Place to host events and markets.