CLASSES have been launched in Selkirk to help residents get more active.

The sessions, which are run by a qualified FitBorders instructor, take place on Thursday mornings in the Parish Church Hall.

And the gentle exercises are suitable for people of all abilities and can be done seated or standing.

Mary Cameron and Rosalee Saunders both attend the classes. Mary said: "The group has such a welcoming atmosphere which really helps to make the class great fun."

Rosalee added: “It also accommodates all our different abilities and fitness levels, even the visually impaired, so there really is no excuse for not coming along and joining us.”

The classes cost £2.50, which includes refreshments.

Councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol, Scottish Borders Council’s older people’s champion, said: “These classes are ideal for anyone looking to build up their fitness and stamina in an enjoyable and fun way.

“I would encourage any of our older Selkirk residents to come along, both for the physical benefits they will gain but also for the opportunity to make new friends or catch up with existing ones over that a well-earned cup of tea afterwards.”

The sessions run from 9.45am to 10.30am.

To find out more, contact the Community Capacity Building Team on 01835 825080 or at: