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Re-enactment event of civil war to take place in Borders

Credit: Rusty Aldwinckle - Sealed Knot

People will be coming together to re-enact the English civil war to highlight Scotland's involvement.

The re-enactment event is will be hosted by The Sealed Knot, a charity aimed at commemorating history in a number of creative ways. Life in the 17th century for both the military and ordinary people will be explored.

Credit: Rusty Aldwinckle - Sealed Knot

The event will be taking place at Thirlestane Castle in Lauder in the Scottish Borders, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June from 10am.

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Volunteers needed at historic Borders castle

The historic Thirlestane Castle Credit: Phil Wilkinson

People are being asked to volunteer ahead of the reopening of a historic castle in the Borders.

Thirlestane Castle in Lauder will be open to the public in a couple of months.

The volunteer group, Friends of Thirlestane, provide information on the castle's history and the Maitland family who have resided in the castle since 1590 to visitors.

Charitable Trust, which own and manage the castle, say they rely on an income from tourists and visitors.

The Friends are an invaluable part of Thirlestane Castle. Without them, we would not be able to share this beautiful castle with quite so many people.

– Edward Maitland-Carew, resident trustee

Volunteers are not required to have previous experience.

Full report: Thirlestane Castle forced to close due to dry rot

Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders has been described as one of the seven great houses of Scotland, and it opens its doors to thousands of visitors every year.

However, the castle doors will remain closed to the public this summer, following the discovery of an extensive outbreak of dry rot.

Jenny Longden reports:

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Repairs to Thirlestane Castle 'will take a long time'

"Just at the end of last season we found a dry rot mushroom just at the end of the panels in the dining room.

"So as soon as the visitor season had completed we started opening up to find the extent of the damage and I am afraid the opening up went on for quite a long time.

"It is only after Christmas and into the New Year that we have really traced the extent of the problem.

"Now we are beginning the long haul of putting it back together again, but it will take a long time”

– Neil Hynd, Chairman, Thirlestane’s trustee

Castle closes following dry rot discovery

Thirlestane castle Credit: ITV News Border

One of the most popular visitor attractions in the Borders will be closed all summer, following the discovery of a serious outbreak of dry rot.

Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, attracts thousands of visitors each year, and is described as 'one of the seven great houses of Scotland'.

The worst affected area is the magnificent dining room in the Castle’s Victorian wing.

The affected timber has now been removed from the walls.

Trustees expect the cost of the damage will amount to more than £100,000.