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In 1599 Galashiels received its burgh Charter, an event celebrated every summer since the 1930s by the "Braw Lads Gathering", with riders on horseback parading through the town.
The Paton Street drill hall was completed in the late 19th century.
The following are listed by Scottish Borders Council as being in the Galashiels area and are catchment schools for Galashiels Academy.
Primary schools which is also a shared campus of Borders College.
The project is currently estimated to cost £294 million and was completed in September 2015, with the formal opening on 9 September by the Queen.
Trains from Galashiels railway station run every half-hour going down to hourly in the evening and on Sundays.
The new Borders Railway, which links Galashiels with Edinburgh, saw four new stations built in Midlothian and three in the Scottish Borders.
Robert Burns wrote two poems about Galashiels, "Sae Fair Her Hair" and "Braw Lads".The Sir Walter Scott Way, a long-distance path from Moffat to Cockburnspath, passes through Galashiels.There is some largely good-hearted rivalry between some of the Galashiels townsfolk and those of other border towns, particularly Hawick, the next largest town in the Scottish Borders.Journey times between Tweedbank and Edinburgh take less than one hour.The town also has a recently opened Interchange building which replaces the old bus station, and is also situated next to the railway station.
It has a café, allowing travelers and commuters to relax prior to their bus or train journey, and upstairs has office space which can be leased to businesses and organizations.