Today The Duke of Rothesay has been visiting local businesses in Hawick, St Boswells and Melrose, celebrating the local industry of the Scottish Borders.
His Royal Highness began the day at Scott & Charters Knitwear Factory, a family business founded in 1955. The Duke opened and toured their new factory building, the first new factory to be built in Hawick in over 40 years.
The Duke then met a family who run and own local business Hawico before meeting four other businesses with whom they comprise the initiative, ‘Famously Hawick’- a campaign to target luxury trade, travel and tourism in the ‘The Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky Town’ of Hawick.
His Royal Highness then visited the town centre and was welcomed by residents as well as a traditional Piping band.
In St Boswells, The Duke visited The Mainstreet Trading Company, an old auction house and grocers which has been converted into a bookshop, deli, café and home store.
Finally, in Melrose, His Royal Highness met local farmers and representatives of the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Tweed Forum, who look at managing land and water in a more sustainable way.