KELSO has been announced on the shortlist for a prestigious British High Street Award.

The market town has been nominated in the Rising Star category with 27 other towns from across the UK, including only 7 in Scotland.

The winners of the awards will be announced in November with up to £15,000 awarded to the successful high street, which will be put towards local projects.

Local MP, John Lamont, has welcomed Kelso being shortlisted for a prestigious Great British High Street Award.

He said: “Kelso is such a beautiful and diverse shopping centre with a wide range of independent retailers and shops.”

“Unfortunately, we hear so much in the news about our high streets struggling as consumers move to online and to out-of-town shopping.”

“That’s why it is so important that we celebrate our local high streets and highlight the hard work and dedication of local business owners in keeping our local economy thriving.”

“I hope that Borderers will get behind Kelso and help them win this great award.”