How I got to play a historic role in Borders Railway opening

Former Girlguiding Scotland member Jane Fleming blogs about winning a unique role in the new Borders Railway line opening next week.

I was a member of Girlguiding Scotland in Duns from Brownies through to The Senior Section. My time in guiding was filled with fun and adventures including camping, a fantastic trip to Switzerland and survival camps – so my adventurous spirit was always fed! My creative side was also fulfilled with crafting and dress-up nights, and I often still lend a hand for any textile-related activities that my old unit are working on.

My passion for creating things led me to become a textile design student at Heriot-Watt University. I was lucky enough to win a competition to create posters to be displayed in the stations along the new Borders Railway line. Transport Scotland were looking for pieces of artwork to mark the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Waverley’ novels and the opening of the railway itself.

The posters feature hand-screened printed imagery referencing Sir Walter, his ‘Waverley’ novels and the local area, with a background of maps and pages from a biography of the author. I’ve tried to convey my enthusiasm for travel and adventure and my love of the area where I grew up.

The posters will be displayed in each station on the new railway line. I also got to meet Alex Salmond when he was First Minister and I may even meet her Majesty The Queen at the official opening!

The official opening of the Borders Railway will be celebrated on Wednesday 9 September 2015, the same day the Queen becomes the longest reigning British monarch. Visit the Borders Railway website to find out more about the opening of the line.

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