Hundreds of members of the Scottish Borders community enjoyed another successful Stowed Out music festival this year.

Held on Saturday 16 August, the Borders Railway project acted as a main sponsor for the festival after event organisers successfully applied for a share in the Borders Railway project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) community fund

It is the second year that the project team have attended Stowed Out festival as a sponsor and to host a stand to speak with local members of the community about progress of the project.

The festival also saw local businesses sell their goods and the community enjoy an eclectic mix of acts that included both local and internationally acclaimed performers.

Craig Bowman. Senior Communications Manager for Network Rail, said: “Stowed Out festival is one of dozens of community events and activities which the Borders Railway project has supported over the last couple of years. We had a really positive response from the community at the event and it’s good to see that excitement is building in advance of railway services beginning in September next year!”

Chris Wemyss, organiser of Stowed Out, said: “Every year we are set the challenge of staging Stowed Out on a limited budget. We were therefore very grateful to have the support of the Borders Railway project behind us.

“This year’s event has proved another successful weekend and we thank the Borders Railway project team, as well as all of those who exhibited and helped bring the event together, for all their hard work.”

The Stowed Out festival was one of 22 organisations to benefit in a third round of funding from the Borders Railway project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN). The fund saw a total of £5,500 distributed amongst groups from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders to support causes local to the new railway. Forty-four groups have benefited since the fund launched last year.

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