On 15th May 2016, Galashiels turned out in strength to welcome the arrival of the iconic locomotive the Flying Scotsman, making its return to the town down the Waverley Line for the first time in over half a century.
There were a few hiccups with a potential cancellation on Friday evening but by late Saturday the visit had been confirmed and Galashiels was “full steam ahead” for a great day out.
The train pulled in at midday and a number of passengers alighted to be met by a harmonised Galashiels Pipe and Silver band playing the beautiful melody “Highland Cathedral.” The town was looking superb in brilliant sunshine, with the blossom trees and vibrant flower beds in Bank Street Gardens setting the scene.
A range of events were organised by an integrated local community team including Galashiels Community Council, Energise Galashiels, Rotary and Galashiels Chamber of Trade. Attractions included: Model railway exhibition, dancers, live music, market stalls, bouncy castles, face painting, shop-front art exhibitions, stilt-walker and community choir. Many local shops, pubs and restaurants opened and there was truly something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the highlights was the live mural painting event by Scottish artist Chris Rutterford. Chris who paints across Scotland stated: “I’ve hosted a number of these live events and this (Sunday) has to have been the busiest day yet. Even when I’ve painted on the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival, I haven’t had such an amazing response. It has been a great day and I look forward to returning to Galashiels over the next few weeks to hang the finished mural on its permanent home on Douglas Bridge”.
We all know what a wonderful place the Scottish Borders is to live and were thrilled to be able to present Galashiels’ best face to the world.
Take a look at some of the images from this fantastic event. Click on the link below.