Wool industry at the heart of Border Union Show

Visitors to this year's Border Union show at the weekend will get the chance to see two fashion shows as part of its Story of Wool showcase

Caitlin Younger models an outfit by Ewa Kuniczak for a Story of Wool showcase
Caitlin Younger models an outfit by Ewa Kuniczak for a Story of Wool showcase

Visitors to this year's Border Union show at the weekend will get the chance to see two fashion shows as part of its Story of Wool showcase.

The event at Springwood Park Showground in Kelso will be held on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27 and will give visitors a chance to see everything from live shearing demonstrations to exhibits of fleeces by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

There will also be a chance to see demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, weaving and wool-felting.

The Wool Marketing Board will host displays, while companies such as Johnstons of Elgin, will highlight its range of wool products, from rugs in Border colours to scarves.

The grand finale, presented by the Textiles Unit of Scottish Enterprise, will be two fashion shows on Saturday.

They will feature the work of designers Belinda Robertson, Hawick Knitwear, Lochcarron, Johnstons of Elgin, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Di Gilpin and Eribe.

This year’s BWMB stand at the Border Union Show will feature Scottish wool products.

A key focus for BWMB in the next 12 months is working with the next generation of sheep farmers, said BWMB chairman and Northumberland farmer Malcolm Corbett.

“There are a number of limiting factors which are currently holding back a generation of eager young farmers making progress in the sheep sector. These new entrants are the future of our industry and BWMB is keen to encourage them wherever possible,” he said.

Corbett said young new entrants to sheep farming should speak to BWMB staff, at the Border Union Show.

“We are actively working on a new entrant’s scheme and want to ensure we hear from as many new entrants as possible this season.”

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