LOCAL politicians have praised the Border Union Show after another successful event in Kelso over the weekend.

Hundreds of Borders residents turned out to visit the 175 trade stands and take part in more than 500 open competitions for horses, livestock and the arts.

Local exhibitors included the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS), Borders College, Borders Fire Service, Kelso Tennis Club, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Southern Uplands Moorland Group, the Scottish Honeyberry Growers, the Royal Highland Educational Trust, Humes Outfitters and Kelso Churches Together.

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Scottish Borders MP John Lamont called the event “fantastic” and praised local exhibitors for contributing to an entertaining atmosphere.

Scottish Borders MSP Rachael Hamilton said the show was a “resounding success” that “showcased the best of rural living.” 

Ms Hamilton, said: “The Border Union Show is always one of the highlights of the year for the local farming and agriculture community.

Border Telegraph: MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton at Border Union Show 2023MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton at Border Union Show 2023 (Image: Borders Conservatives)

“This year’s event was another resounding success, with hundreds of local people coming out to join in the fun.

“Congratulations to the organisers and all the excellent exhibitors - including the Scottish Honeyberry Growers, Southern Uplands Moorland Group and Humes Outfitters - who made the day special and showcased the best of rural living.”

Mr Lamont, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a well-attended and thriving event happening here in the Borders each year.

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“I had the pleasure of speaking to many wonderful local exhibitors who made it an entertaining and enjoyable day, including the Borders College, Borders Fire Service, NFUS, Kelso Tennis Club and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

“Well done to the Border Union Show for organising another first class event for children, families and people of all ages.”