A COMMUNITY run shop in Peeblesshire celebrated its official launch at the weekend.

The Knot, in West Linton, has been up and running for a number of weeks.

But it was officially opened on Saturday (October 9) at a special ceremony.

The shop, which was formerly the Red Cross, offers books, secondhand clothes and homewares and has an additional gallery space for local artists to display and sell their work.

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At the ceremony, Ian Reid, one of the members of the committee behind the shop, said: "We're so chuffed that so many people are here today."

From 11am members of the community gathered at the Village Centre for homemade cakes before a procession from Raemartine Square to the shop on Main Street.

A cake, which had been made by John Adam of Innerleithen, was decorated with a knot design by committee member Anne Suckling.

And visitors to the village Jill and John Smart, who were on holiday in West Linton from Macclesfield were chosen to cut the cake.

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Joining the parade through the village was piper Glyn Morris who performed an original composition, Cut the Ribbon, created by resident Ben Gibbs.

Councillor Heather Anderson, who represents Tweeddale West, shared on social media after the event: "It was just great to see the Knot officially opened [yesterday] with the splendid assistance of magnificent piper, Glyn Morris, who came all they way to West Linton to pipe us in.

"Many thanks to everyone who turned out in the rain and produced all those wonderful cakes in the Visitor Centre beforehand.

"It was a real pleasure to join you for the celebration."

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And 'untying the knot' on the door to the shop were two of the young volunteers working with The Knot, Galina MacNeacail and Charlotte Wakelin-Grant.