South Scotland

Border Union bicentenary show gets under way

Hundreds of farmers and exhibitors are in Kelso for a show marking the 200th anniversary of the Border Union Agricultural Society.

The organisation was formed in the Borders town on 22 January 1813.

A range of special events has taken place throughout the year, culminating in the agricultural show on Friday and Saturday.

The Countess of Wessex has agreed to be a patron of the society in the landmark year for the organisation.

The society was formed in Kelso in 1813 when local dignitaries and farming lairds met at the town's Cross Keys Hotel.

It now has more than 1,000 members and is based in the town's Springwood Park, which it bought in 1953.

This year the Border Union Show has been enhanced by a number of special exhibits to celebrate the bicentenary of the organisers.

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