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Wyman brings Blues to the Borders
Bill Wyman
Bill Wyman has an exhibition of his photos in the Borders

Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman has been passing on his passion for the Blues - in the Scottish Borders.

An exhibition of the musician's photographs is currently on display at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles.

In addition, he decided to make a presentation to students from the nine secondary schools across the Borders.

His two-hour talk on the Blues proved a hit with pupils, most of whom had just been born when the famous bassist quit the Rolling Stones in 1992.

His latest work is a music documentary - Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey - where he follows the historic trail from New Orleans to the Mississippi Delta and on to Memphis.

'Sounded brilliant'

He was able to pass on his love of the musical genre to the watching schoolchildren.

"I knew nothing about the Blues or the Rolling Stones before today, but I thought the talk was very interesting," said Katrina Small, 15, from Peebles High.

"I'll definitely be buying some though, I thought it sounded brilliant."

Jim Ellis, 14, from Selkirk, was also a convert.

Bill Wyman
The famous musician talked at length about the Blues

"I've heard of the Rolling Stones but never bothered about them or Blues music," he said.

"I might hunt some of it down, the music sounded amazing."

Wyman has been staying with Richard Havers, the co-producer of his latest film.

"He's been very pleased with the reception he's had from the locals and from the kids," said Mr Havers.

"They all seemed very interested in what Bill had to say.

"And it was heartening to see some of them already knew about Blues music."

Wyman is being interviewed on Thursday night at 2000 BST by Radio Scotland's Colin Somerville at the Eastgate Theatre.

The programme will be broadcast on 24 October, Wyman's 71st birthday, on the Radio Café at 1315 and 1915 BST.

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