MORE than 1,200 people descended on Traquair House last weekend for its Christmas Fayre.

Held each year at Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, the event serves up a range of entertainment all in aid of charity.

And £2,725 was raised this time for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Catherine Maxwell Stuart, of Traquair, said: “It was one of the busiest Christmas Fayres at Traquair for many years.

“This year there was a £1 admission donation. A fabulous £1,525.31 was raised at the door with additional donations coming from Comrie Cameron and her daughter, Emma, who had spent the year making a range of handmade and knitted goods including a nativity scene which was raffled.

“A big thank you also goes to Fiona Griffiths who donated the takings from her stall and to the local branch of the Moto Guzzi Club which brought the total charity donation to £2,725.”

There was a packed programme of entertainment including the InChorus choir who persevered through the drizzly weather to perform.

The St Ronan’s Silver Band added a festive flavour and the Traquair Community Choir, Linton Singers and Tweed Valley Male Voices all put on shows in the courtyard. Children were also entertained with some Christmas-themed puppet shows with Poppy Browne and Santa, who also took in the children’s wish lists. Ms Maxwell Stuart added: “It was a great start to the Christmas season and thanks to all who attended and donated.”