MORE than 50 jobs have been saved after Wetherspoon's decided to take two of its Borders pubs off the market.

Earlier this year, the chain announced it was planning to sell the Cross Keys in Peebles and The Bourtree in Hawick.

But this week the pub giant announced it had done a U-turn.

At total of 31 members of staff are employed in Peebles, while 23 work at the Hawick bar.

A spokesperson for Wetherspoon said: "We are pleased to confirm that our pubs at Peebles and Hawick have been taken off the market.

"This follows discussions at head office.

"We know that our staff and customers will be very pleased with the decision.

"We look forward to future success at both pubs for many years to come."