VILLAGERS in West Linton were left star struck on Saturday.

Having sold out of a smaller venue, the Whipman Play Society’s Stars in Their Eyes fundraiser moved to a larger site for their star-studded showcase on Saturday night.

Looking to impress the four judges, acts on the night also had the large sports hall at West Linton Primary School to win over.

Some of the biggest names in music travelled from Border towns and beyond to compete for more than just pride with the inaugural trophy and £100 up for grabs.

Kenny Rodgers, also known as Dougal Affleck from Duns, opened the show amid a lively atmosphere of locals and travelling supporters.

And he earned praise from three of the four judges with current Whipman, Guy Thorley, giving feedback that some felt Simon Cowell would have been proud of.

The evening saw a great mix of entertaining acts which brought the audience and many of the judges to their feet. T

he stand-out vocal performance of the night was given by Jim Houten of Innerleithen singing A Little Respect by Erasure, while Pete Rainey as Tina Turner captured the hearts of many.

The audience vote at the end of the evening decided the winners.

The Abbey medley by Momo and the Mini Mos from Sanquhar was victorious.

Loryn Paterson from Peebles as Ginger Spice was a deserving runner-up.

And Pete Rainey from Peebles was the popular third-place.