ALMOST £6,000 has been raised for peace and justice charities thanks to a local book sale.

Organised by the Tweeddale Peace Group, the annual second-hand booksale welcomed a host of book-lovers on October 1 and 2.

The community event in Peebles had been on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the event had to be held over a weekend due to the volume of books available.

A spokesperson from the Peace Group said: "There were as always too many books to display at one go, and it took the whole weekend to air them all, with books ranging from maps to encyclopaedias, rare books, classic and popular fiction, humour, poetry, gardening, and a specialist Scottish section.

"The cafe was kept busy serving home-made bread and soup, along with teas, scones and coffee, and the live music of the newly formed Book Sale Band added to the convivial atmosphere.

"A core group will meet soon to compile the list of Peace and Justice charities which will benefit this year."

The group plans to bring back the book sale next autumn, with book collections beginning in the early spring.

But for anyone requiring a pick-up of books, Andy Davey can be contacted on 01721 720984 or 07774 115732.

And anyone interested in joining the Tweeddale Peace Group or volunteering at the second-hand book sale can contact the group's secretary, Pat Goodacre, on 07967 502354.