A NEW community shop has opened in Peeblesshire.

The Knot in West Linton began welcoming customers earlier this month.

Previously the Red Cross, the store stocks a range of clothing – including children’s school uniforms – and homewares.

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“It was nice to welcome people in,” said Deb Armstrong, one of the founding members of The Knot. “It’s been great fun, a lot of humour runs through The Knot.”

Deb, 62, is part of the team of five West Linton locals who helped set up the project after an anonymous benefactor bought the shop.

And the second-hand shop is only the first phase of the group’s plans for The Knot.

The group also plans to open a community gallery space for local artists to display and sell their works.

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Deb said: “Once the art is in the room, The Knot will be a fantastic opportunity to meet each other.

“People can come for a blether.

“We don’t want people to feel like they’re coming into a shop and can’t chat. Because it’s owned by the community, everyone has a say. It’s a very fluid thing. It can change to suit the needs of the community.”

The Knot is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. For more information, search for The West Linton Knot on Facebook.