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Borders Book Festival in Melrose sees visitor numbers rise

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Image caption This year's festival celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland

The Borders Book Festival has reported a rise in visitor numbers of more than 30% compared with last year.

The main site in Melrose hosted more than 22,000 people over four days.

There were also 8,000 visitors to the new adjoining festival site, The Orchard, set up to celebrate Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.

This year, the festival put on nearly 100 events, with speakers including Gordon Brown, Alex Salmond, Rory Bremner, Andrew Marr and Michelle Mone.

Alistair Moffat, festival director, said: "We're over the moon.

"Not only was our food and drink innovation, the Orchard, a resounding success, but we kept the magic in the main festival site, with even bigger audiences enjoying the superb speakers and events on offer."

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