A FRESH fundraising drive is about to begin in Selkirk to conclude work on a new community-owned shop.

After lying dormant for more than two decades the former fish shop in Tower Street was brought back into use at the end of last year by the Selkirk Regeneration Company.

Now the charity wants to renovate the rest of the property to turn it into a new community space.

And they hope to start eating into the £76,000 price tag by hosting a fundraising sale later this month.

David Bethune treasurer of Selkirk Regeneration Company told us: "Using virtually every last penny of our resources, we completed temporary redecoration of the front shop to allow it to be used as a second pop-up shop in the run up to Christmas.

"The next stage is to complete the renovation of the whole property, including rebuilding the back shop, to turn it into a fully accessible community resource.

"Plans have been drawn up, and while we hope most of the cost can be raised from grants, some will need to come from the community itself."During Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, the Selkirk Regeneration Company will hold a sale of unwanted presents and second-hand items at the neighbouring corner pop-up shop at 1 Tower Street.

Mr Bethune added: "There will probably also be some baking and other goodies, so make sure you pop in to see what is for sale, and so help fund the renovation of the old fish shop."

Anyone who would like ot donate items can hand them into 5 Tower Street on the Tuesday or Wednesday, February 19 and 20.

Alternatively if you would like items collected call Mr Bethune on 01750 21703.