VOLUNTEERS have come together to ensure a “bright future” for a Borders landmark after concerns were raised over its future.

Innerleithen residents expressed concern about the delayed reopening of the St Ronan’s Wells visitor centre, which is run by Live Borders.

Now a group of community volunteers is working with Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council to discuss how the site – which plays an important role in the town’s Cleikum Ceremonies – can be developed.

Volunteer organiser Keith Belleville said: “The Wells play a central role in Innerleithen’s history and is a fixed point during the town’s unique Cleikum Ceremony.

“We are very concerned that the building could quickly fall into disrepair and want to do as much as we can go secure its future for the town.”

The heritage site is due to open next month as part of the summer season.

It is especially important for the group to see the visitor centre open for St Ronan’s Border Games Week – July 8-15.

Mr Belleville added: “Phase One (short-term plan) is to attempt to ensure that the visitor centre can open from July 5-19.

“We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers who are interested in getting involved in either being part of a rota to staff the visitor centre and/or helping in any other way to ensure a bright future for this well-loved Innerleithen attraction.”

Live Borders has reassured that the visitor centre will be open from June to October and that the community will be consulted on the site’s short and long -term use.

A Live Borders spokesperson said: “St Ronan’s Wells is currently undergoing a service development review.

“No decision has been made to not open St Ronan’s Wells this season (June to October).

“Full consultation with community and stakeholders is already under way and will be key in agreeing short-term proposals, and longer term service provision.

“A monthly programme of learning, well-being and craft activities will also be offered during season 2023 consultation period. The beautiful gardens are open all year round.”

To get involved with the St Ronan’s Wells community group, or for more information, email: stronanswells@gmail.com