ANOTHER Borders town has announced it will not have an official Christmas lights ceremony this year because of coronavirus.

Selkirk Illuminations has revealed that due to current restrictions it will not hold its annual tree lighting ceremony in the town's Market Place.

Earlier this month Peebles and Innerleithen Christmas Lights Associations both announced they would not have their switch-ons.

Now Selkirk community council chairman Alistair Pattullo has told the Border Telegraph: "Like those other towns, I'm sorry to say we won't be having a switch on ceremony – we'll get the lights up as usual but I don't think Santa will be paying us a visit this year."

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Selkirkshire councillor and co-ordinator of Selkirk Illuminations, Caroline Cochrane, said that although there may be no formal light switch-on this year, Souters still have plenty to look forward to.

She said: "Although we are not having an Xmas light switch-on we will be continuing with our two-day farmers' market in November (7 and 8) and December (5 and 6).

"We trialled it in October and it was a huge success, with food and drink on the Saturday 9.30am till 1pm and Sunday 11am till 3pm with local crafts.

"There is also musical entertainment on both days from the Riddell Fiddles and we are ensuring we have a safe environment for people to shop by introducing a one-way system.

"In addition to this, the rest of the town is open for business and we are currently encouraging locals to shop and support this Christmas through the Selkirk (BIDS) shop local campaign."

Mr Pattullo added that they hope to have Christmas lights up in time to be switched on on December 1.