THE Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association hosted a special guided walk around Old Melrose for members of the Old Gala Club.

Walking in brilliant sunshine on Sunday, June 7, they enjoyed viewing the probable location of the 7th century AD Anglo-Saxon monastery, famously associated with St Cuthbert as the place where he began his monastic life, and the later medieval pilgrimage chapel built in his honour by the Archbishopric of Durham.

In 2016 the Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association hope to conduct an archaeological investigation of the monastic site at Old Melrose.

Members also visited the Walled garden, the 19th century summer house and the World War Two bunker.

The afternoon ended convivially with everyone enjoying tea/coffee and superb cakes at the Old Melrose tearoom.