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Sir Walter Scott's home vision schedule set

Abbotsford House - artist's impression
A date has been set for public consultation on the plans

A date has been set for the public to have its say on £10m plans to upgrade Sir Walter Scott's former home.

Talks have already begun with community councils in the area over proposals to turn Abbotsford House near Melrose into a top quality visitor attraction.

The Abbotsford Trust, which is behind the plans, said it hoped as many people as possible would express their views.

The public consultation event is on 8 March at The Wynd Theatre in Melrose at 1400 GMT.

Trust executive manager Jacquie Wright said: "Our aim is to preserve Abbotsford and the legacy of its famous owner for future generations and through this, to create a world-class visitor attraction for the region.

"We hope that many Borderers will come along to hear about our plans and give us their views.

"Their support is vital to the success of this project."

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