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Book Boost for Borders Bairns

Nil by Mouth’s efforts to get more than 500 schools involved in its ‘Neeps and Tatties’ project received a boost this week as Scottish Borders Council became the latest local authority to get behind the campaign.

Lesley and Robin are presented with the first copies of the book for Borders schools.

The charity visited SBC Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells to meet Cllr Robin Tatler and Education Director Lesley Munro and hand over the first set of the books, which will be available to staff in all schools across the region. Already schools in Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Stow, Hawick, Duns and Eyemouth have signed up to take part and the charity will also be providing free Scots BookBug sessions to pupils in the run up to Burns Night 2023.

Teachers can request their free class copy of the book from the charity by simply emailing

Cllr Robin Tatler Said:

‘I’m delighted to have been able to secure this partnership with the charity and ensure that Borders schools can benefit from a resource that has proved so popular and effective in schools across Scotland. I know several schools in Peebles and Galashiels enjoyed using it last year in the run up to Burns Night and we’ve ensured that dozens more Borders schools can now also benefit from it. We want to ensure the Borders is a welcoming place to people, especially those fleeing persecution or war in their own countries and ‘Neeps & Tatties’ will hopefully allow them to better understand Scottish traditions as well as providing a chance for them to celebrate their own.'


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