SCOTTISH Borders Council is to receive more than £1 million to go towards creating the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels.

The money is part of the Scottish government's £26 million Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which aims to support disadvantaged and rural communities.

And today local government minister Kevin Stewart has announced 24 projects across the country will be given cash – including the new Galashiels visitor centre, which has been allocated a total of £1,180,000.

He said: "I’m really pleased that 24 fantastic, locally-driven projects will benefit from this major injection of funding. Spanning the length and breadth of the country, they will help regenerate local areas, stimulate inclusive growth and create new jobs.

"The focus of the projects range from tackling social isolation, mitigating welfare cuts, providing training opportunities, creating business space and increasing tourism – to name but a few. 

"They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities."