BORDERS youngsters feature in a film singing along to poems inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Earlier this year pupils from Stardust Performance Arts, a musical theatre company based in Peebles and Biggar and part of the Fiona Henderson School of Dance, were invited to take part in a musical project at the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels.

As part of the tapestry project, author Alexander McCall Smith, one of the creative driving forces behind the tapestry project, created a series of poems to go alongside the tapestry.

The poems were then put to music by Tom Cunningham with violin accompaniment by Alison Galbraith and musical direction from David Lyle.

Filmed by Ryan Rutherford, the songs sung by the Borders pupils were about the Forth Rail Bridge, The Border Reivers and New Lanark.

Principal teacher Fiona Henderson said: “We were delighted to get involved in the project.

"All the songs were very different, and they really made the panels come to life for our pupils.

"They are more used to be performing on the theatre stage, in costume under colourful lighting – however this time the brief was different – just plain and simple, wearing their own clothes and putting the songs and the Tapestry the centre stage.

"It was a great experience for our pupils to be working with such talented musicians for such an important film.”

Following the filming, Mr McCall Smith sent the pupils each copies of his books with personalise 'thank you' cards for their efforts.

The final films can be viewed on Alexander McCall Smith's Youtube channel (Alexander McCall Smith Official).