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For the first time since the millennium, there was an organised gathering in the Market Place to see the Auld Year out and to welcome in the New.

It was arranged by the Chamber of Trade in a bid to bring back some of the old-style Hogmanay spirit.

The chamber’s Fiona Corbett told us: “We had approximately 100 people there on the night, and are looking to build on this for next year and to make it an annual event.”

But revellers had to make do without the Bells. The town hall clock has stopped – apparently a victim of the storms. An upgrading programme is under way in the Old Courthouse, but the council says that was not the cause of time standing still. Repairs to the clock have been promised soon.

New Year’s Day saw the traditional turnout of Selkirk Silver Band who visited residential homes for the elderly before entertaining at the Conservative Club.

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