To celebrate the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s arrival in Kelso on Sunday for the Stage One finish Kelso Town Hall will be lit red, white and blue for three nights from Friday 1 September.
The lighting of the Town Hall is part of a unique event linking more than 25 historic sites across the Scottish Borders which opens this year’s Scottish Borders Heritage Festival.
Spectacular start to festival programme
'Lighting the Borders’, designated a signature event for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, will see sites ranging from Floors Castle to Smailholm Tower and Jedburgh Castle Jail flooded in blue light - with the exception of Kelso Town Hall which is getting the special multi-colour treatment.
In addition, 11 of the sites will also host special free and ticketed events over those three days including music, theatre and living history, celebrating and reflecting on the region’s history, heritage and cultural diversity.
The Scottish Borders Heritage Festival, which runs throughout September and includes over 200 events, is being delivered by Live Borders in partnership with ourselves and the Borders Heritage Forum.
Double helping of Tour in Kelso town centre
The Tour of Britain will race from Edinburgh into the Scottish Borders on Sunday, passing through Duns and Coldstream before a first pass of the finish line in Kelso town centre ahead of a 79km loop that includes Scott’s View and Melrose. The race then heads back to Kelso for a sprint to the finish line.
Thousands of spectators are expected in the town, which will host the Tour’s promotional village and entertainment, including a big screen showing live coverage of the race. Free parking will be available at Springwood Park.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development
“The Tour of Britain is a fantastic event for the Scottish Borders to host, bringing the world’s top cyclists to the area, and one which will highlight the Scottish Borders to the world through the extensive television coverage.
“This weekend also sees the launch of the Scottish Borders Heritage Festival in spectacular style with the lighting of historic sites across the region and it is very fitting the Kelso Town Hall gets something a little bit different to mark the upcoming arrival of the Tour.”
Visitors to the town are reminded that some on-street parking restrictions will be in place from Saturday evening to facilitate the setting up of infrastructure for the Tour’s Stage One finish on Sunday and to facilitate the safe movement of traffic before and after the event.
It is anticipated that the restrictions and all town centre road closures will be lifted before the lighting on Sunday night begins at 9pm.
Month long celebration of area's heritage
A full programme of Scottish Borders Heritage Festival events including details of all the sites and events as part of Lighting the Borders can be found online.
Funding for the festival has been provided by Creative Scotland, Museums and Galleries Scotland, EventScotland – as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology - and the Fallago Environment Fund.
Those attending the events and capturing the unique lighting of sites are encouraged to share their images using the hashtags #BheritageF17 and #HHA2017.