A HOUSING company is building a strong relationship with a Borders town after rejuvenating a war memorial.

The memorial in Earlston was unveiled in 1921 and commemorates 55 townsfolk who lost their lives, or went missing, during World War I and World War II.

Edinburgh-based Cruden Building Scotland is currently delivering 64 affordable homes in the town on behalf of Selkirk-based Eildon Housing Association.

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And the company agreed to intervene when learning that the memorial needed a spruce-up, hiring Kelso-based WR Patterson Decorator to refurbish the metal railing around the structure.

Michael Palethorpe, community benefit manager with Cruden, said: “At Cruden, we feel passionately about doing our utmost to fully support the communities that we serve. We’re delighted that we’ve shared our positive impact on the area by helping restore the Earlston War Memorial, which means so much to many people.”

Sheila Gibb, Earlston Community Council chair, added: “We’d like to thank Cruden for painting the memorial’s railings and appreciate this work was completed before Remembrance Sunday.”