South Scotland

Ex-Marillion singer Fish opens Kayleigh tribute square

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Image caption The lyrics from Kayleigh have been engraved on the redeveloped Market Square in Galashiels

Former Marillion frontman Fish has officially opened a square which has the lyrics to the song Kayleigh engraved in its paving stones.

Scottish Borders Council put extracts from the hit into the pavement at the Market Square in Galashiels.

The song was partly inspired by a time in the 1980s when Fish's girlfriend was at the town's College of Textiles.

SBC said it felt it was an appropriate tribute to incorporate the lyrics into the square redevelopment.

The Haddington-based songwriter posted on Twitter that he had been "a wee bit emotional" at the "great reception" he received.

The song was written in 1985 and proved to be the biggest hit enjoyed by Fish and Marillion.

He said one inspiration for the song was a time in the early 1980s when he visited halls of residence in Galashiels to see his girlfriend.

"The line 'dancing in stilletos in the snow' was about coming back from a college ball," he told the BBC Scotland news website.

The Borders town was also where he performed his first gig.

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