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23-Mar-2020 07:03

Robert Burns wrote two poems about Galashiels, "Sae Fair Her Hair" and "Braw Lads".

The latter is sung by some of the townsfolk each year at the Braw Lads Gathering.

In 2015, the Scottish Borders Council officially announced that Galashiels was the capital of the Scottish Borders.

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The new Borders Railway, which links Galashiels with Edinburgh, saw four new stations built in Midlothian and three in the Scottish Borders.

There is some largely good-hearted rivalry between some of the Galashiels townsfolk and those of other border towns, particularly Hawick, the next largest town in the Scottish Borders.

Galashiels's citizens often refer to their rival as dirty Hawick while the 'Teries' retort that Galashiels's residents are pail merks, supposedly because their town was the last to be plumbed into the mains water system and so residents had to rely on buckets as toilets.

In 1969, the historic Waverley Line which connected the Scottish Borders to the national rail network was closed as part of a wider series of cuts to British Railways.

The closure led to a campaign for a return of rail to the region that never diminished.

The new Borders Railway, which links Galashiels with Edinburgh, saw four new stations built in Midlothian and three in the Scottish Borders.There is some largely good-hearted rivalry between some of the Galashiels townsfolk and those of other border towns, particularly Hawick, the next largest town in the Scottish Borders.Galashiels's citizens often refer to their rival as dirty Hawick while the 'Teries' retort that Galashiels's residents are pail merks, supposedly because their town was the last to be plumbed into the mains water system and so residents had to rely on buckets as toilets.In 1969, the historic Waverley Line which connected the Scottish Borders to the national rail network was closed as part of a wider series of cuts to British Railways.The closure led to a campaign for a return of rail to the region that never diminished.For most of the route the original line was followed with 30 miles (50 kilometres) of new railway line built.