MORE than £1,000 has been handed out to deserving causes in Selkirk by the town's Colonial Society.

The organisation which represents far-flung Souters around the world released a well-researched book, Tales of the Exiles, and a CD, Music and Songs of the Common Riding, last year.

And profits from the sales were divided up and distributed last week to charities and good causes in and around the town.

Selkirk Parish Church was awarded £333.33 towards their Open Door and Friendship project.

Ashkirk-based charity Stable Life was also given £333.33 towards their continued good work with vulnerable young people.

And the town's recently opened Community Shed received the same amount.

A further £150 of the profits was donated to the Common Riding Children's Picnic fund, to cover a shortfall from this year's event.

Ian Clapperton, chairman of Selkirk Colonial Society, told the Border Telegraph: "We are grateful to everyone who has bought a CD or book, and we hope that sales will continue throughout the next 12 months, allowing us the opportunity to support other good causes next year."