Gala Woman Lost in World War II is Remembered in Town’s Book of Commemoration

Fay Currie from Galashiels.

The only woman from Galashiels who died during active service in World War II was remembered recently with the publication of the revised edition of the town’s Book of Commemoration. Fay T. Currie, an aircraftwomen 2nd class, WAAF, was only 23 years old when she lost her life on the 7th September 1944, following an […]

A Vibrant Start to the New Plan for Galashiels

Private Viewing

Local business owners were invited to a private viewing of the Great Tapestry of Scotland recently, at an event organised by Energise Galashiels Trust. Participants were able to tour the facilities after hours and hear about the plans for the new visitor attraction in terms of its role in rejuvenating the town by attracting an […]

Spinning a Yarn


Visit Scotland has designated 2022 as the Year of Stories because ‘The love of stories is hardwired into us all; it is one of the strongest ways we connect with one another and share our experiences’ (  Stories help us express who we are, explore who we might become, and reflect upon where we came […]

Galashiels Christmas Campaign is an Eyeful for Shoppers

Gala Ostles Tyres

Energise Galashiels trust launched its Christmas 2021 campaign this week, with four specially commissioned photos that show a host of volunteer models representing Galashiels shoppers, surrounded by items that depict the broad range of products and services available within the town. Debbie Paterson volunteer from Energise Galashiels trust said: “We can’t thank the business owners […]

Blooming Beautiful

Floral Gala

You may have spotted some colourful new additions to our town recently, thanks to a partnership project between Floral Gala and Gala in Bloom, both sub-groups of Galashiels Community Council The volunteers involved in the charity initiative, supported by Energise Galashiels Trust, did a fantastic job organising floral displays and flower beds in and around […]

New national gallery to help once thriving textile town flourish again

Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland has revealed that its new national gallery and visitor centre, in Galashiels the heartland of the Scottish Borders, is already supporting the local economy and generating significant interest from tour operators around the globe ahead of its opening on 26 August 2021. It is hoped the new visitor attraction, where […]

Channel Street Unveils Street Art

The Romance of Textiles

Retailers and shoppers had more than the re-opening of non-essential shops to brighten the outlook recently, as two new street art murals were unveiled in Channel Street. Following a successful application for funding, Energise Galashiels Trust commissioned installations on the façades of Channel House and 50 Channel Street, (occupied by WhyNot? at street level).  Working […]