BORDERS College is set to celebrate a major milestone this year with a range of events.

This year marks 40 years since the formation of Borders College.

In 1984 Galashiels Technical College, Henderson Technical College (Hawick), Duns Agricultural Centre and the Agricultural Centre, Newtown St. Boswells joined together to form one institute.

To celebrate the college's big birthday, staff are planning a number of events to highlight Borders College's success over the last four decades.

Events will include:

  • Coffee Morning – Tuesday, April 23, 10-11am
  • Community Summer Fete – Saturday, June 22, 10am-2.30pm
  • Changing Faces of Borders College Tour – Saturday, June 22, 10am-2.30pm

Also planned is an Open Doors event, Celebratory Dinner, Free Community Courses Taster Sessions, Quiz Night, Borders Talent Competition and Guess the Baby.

College Principal Pete Smith said: "We are delighted to be celebrating our 40th anniversary, although in reality, we can trace our history even further back with the original Henderson Technical College in Hawick, which was founded in 1928, and in Galashiels, the Mechanics Institute was formed with classes being introduced in technical subjects in the 1830s.

"We see the College as the 'beating heart' of education and learning in the Scottish Borders and further afield, so we are delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of Borders College.

"We want to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution made by students and staff during the last 40 years with a range of events that will illuminate our community college's impact in the Scottish Borders."

The college's marketing team is also asking former students to come forward and share stories about their time at the college and to share congratulatory messages.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the anniversary celebrations should email:

Details of the planned events will be published on the College website: