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Bremner helps launch culture hub

Rory Bremner
Rory Bremner visited the Scottish Borders to officially open the Textile Towerhouse, part of the 10m Heart of Hawick development

The final phase of a £10m arts and culture-led regeneration project in the Borders has been officially opened by comedian Rory Bremner.

The Textile Towerhouse section completes the ambitious Heart of Hawick scheme.

It celebrates the heritage of the region in the fashion and design industry throughout the ages.

Councillor Graham Garvie said the scheme had used arts and culture to "breathe life back into the community".

The Heart of Hawick project has brought three historic buildings back into use.

The Tower Mill houses a cinema/theatre, the Heritage Hub includes an archive and local history centre, with the Borders Textile Towerhouse celebrating the region's role in that industry.

'Welcome boost'

It has attracted more than 300,000 visitors and generates an annual visitor spend of more than £2.5m.

Mr Garvie said it had helped to regenerate Hawick.

He said: "The three hubs have transformed the town by bringing back much-needed cultural resources as well as instilling a sense of pride in the Borders' industrial heritage.

"Vitally, it has provided a welcome boost to the local economy through jobs created, tourism and visitor spend."

He added that he was delighted to have Rory Bremner join the celebrations of the completion of the project.

The TV comedian was born in Edinburgh but has family links to the Borders and recently bought a property in the region.

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