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With its rich history including legendary tales of Sir Walter Scott, the Border Reivers and the Braw Lads’ Gathering, as well as innovation in business and development, Galashiels has a captivating past.

Having grown from a small settlement on the Gala Water to an expanding, prosperous textile town which gained widespread reputation for the quality of its produce, Galashiels also endured hardship when the industry experienced a marked decline, first as result of the financial crisis in the 1930s and subsequently in the 1960s and 1970s.

The introduction and impact of electronics into the town in the early 1960s created new employment opportunities and established the Borders at the heart of the global electronics industry. A driving force for regional economic growth, its two pioneers can be traced back to their one room in the High Street, Galashiels.

This section captures some of Galashiels’ best loved and also lesser known stories, from the Braw Lad’s Gathering, to the story of the town’s Pavilion Cinema which opened its doors as “The Playhouse” in the town’s Market Street in June 1920, to the success of Bernat Klein’s textile design business against the perfect landscape of Galashiels and the Scottish Borders.

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Old Gala House

Old Gala House

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Galashiels War Memorial

Galashiels War Memorial

“If a vote was taken for the most perfect town memorial in the British Isles, mine would to go the peel tower and ...
Gala CC remembers the fallen

Gala CC remembers the fallen

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Alex Dalgetty & Sons: artisan bakery and home of the Famous Original Selkirk Bannock

Alex Dalgetty & Sons: artisan bakery and home of the Famous Original Selkirk Bannock

Alex Dalgetty & Sons is a fifth-generation artisan bakery based in Galashiels, in the heart of the Scottish ...
The Braw Lads’ Gathering

The Braw Lads’ Gathering

With a strong sense of pride in place and highly developed local identity, Galashiels is unique. Its Braw Lads’ ...
Peter Womersley

Peter Womersley

"Rarely has there been a more unlikely setting for cutting-edge architecture...” wrote Rowan Moore in a 2017 ...
Bernat Klein

Bernat Klein

Bernat Klein (1922-2014) was a textile designer and artist born in Serbia, but his heart - and life’s work - was in
Robert Coltart and Coulter’s Candy

Robert Coltart and Coulter’s Candy

When former Galashiels weaver Robert Coltart (1832-1880) penned Coulter’s Candy in the 19th century it became a ...

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