Borders Railway Golden Ticket prize draw winners announced

David Parker of SBC with David Romanis near to the site of the new Galashiels Interchange with 'Golden Tickets'.
David Parker of SBC with David Romanis near to the site of the new Galashiels Interchange with 'Golden Tickets'.
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A total of 25 people have been selected from a prize draw to ride on one of the first Borders Railway trains.

Everyone who nominated a deserving person to receive a Golden Ticket to travel on one of three special trains leaving Tweedbank, Galashiels and Stow was entered into the draw.

The lucky 25 nominators will receive a Golden Ticket for themselves on Saturday 5 September, a day before the railway opens to the public.

The 25 prize draw winners will join almost 400 people who have been selected for a Golden Ticket from over 1,000 nominations. A full list is expected to be published early next month.

Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker said: “We have had a tremendous response to the Golden Ticket competition, and the selection panel had to make some difficult decisions to come up with the final list.

“I look forward to welcoming all Golden Ticket recipients onto the trains on 5 September, which is going to be a historic and exciting day.”

The 25 Golden Ticket special draw winners and where they come from are:

○Chirnside - Karen Wallace

○Darnick - Karen Smith

○Earlston - Judith Burton, Steven Reid

○Galashiels - Annika Hynes, Gladys Mein, Robert Hogarth, Tomasz Ryniecki, Lisa Scott & Nicky Jack

○Hawick - Kaymarie Hughes, Logan Kennedy, Paula Smith, Sheila Jackson, Warren Law

○Kelso - David Quarrie

○Newtown St Boswells - Shona Pringle

○Peebles - John Swanson, Julie Simpson

○ Selkirk - Jan Allison, Teresa Colbert

○St Boswells - Carla How, Helen Kirkland

○Tweedbank - Lyn Riley, Moira Mitchell

○West Linton - Scott Murray