South Scotland

In pictures: Galashiels transformation for Creative Coathanger festival

An artistic transformation took place at the weekend in the Borders town of Galashiels as part of the inaugural Creative Coathanger festival.

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Image caption A Flying Scotsman mural by artist Chris Rutterford was hung in its permanent home of Galashiels as part of the proceedings
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Image caption Sir David Steel, who unveiled the mural at the event, said: "Galashiels is alive and buzzing, and it is going to grow again"
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Image caption Empty shops and outdoor spaces were transformed as part of the event
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Image caption The festival hopes to realise the potential of the town's high street with the arrival of the Borders Railway
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Image caption The mural of The Flying Scotsman was at the centre of the weekend's events
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Image caption There were events for all ages throughout the day
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Image caption Festival organisers said 17% of shops in the town were empty despite an increase in footfall brought by the Borders Railway and they hope to address that situation
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Image caption The Creative Coathanger festival runs until 9 October

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