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Borders Book Festival sees rise in visitor numbers

Four day event in Melrose attracts more than 22,000 people

Date : 24/06/2015

This year’s Borders Book Festival, in Melrose saw a 31% increase in visitors on last year with 22,000 visitors to Harmony Gardens over four days.

An adjoining festival site, The Orchard, set up to celebrate Scotland's Year of Food and Drink also received 8,000 visitors.

The celebration of literature held over 100 events which included an exclusive one-off performance featuring comedian Rory Bremner and Scottish actor, John Sessions. Political figures including Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond also made an appearance

It was the 12th book festival which has steadily grown to be a major feature of the Borders summer events calendar.

Alistair Moffat, festival director, said: "We're over the moon. Not only was our food and drink innovation, the Orchard, a resounding success, but we kept the magic in the main festival site, with even bigger audiences enjoying the superb speakers and events on offer."

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