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The leaders of the exciting Wilson's Tales of the Borders project have lots of ideas and ambitions for the future.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 14 February, 2016, 08:00

Andrew Ayre, whose enthusiasm and energy has been so vital, was guest speaker at Berwick Probus Club recently.

Six of the tales have been filmed already and one of them, the audacious two-man capture of Lindisfarne Castle in the Jacobite rebellion, was shown to the club.

Members admired the quality performance of Northumberland Theatre Company.

Mr Ayre revealed that stronger links are being forged with the company, which will be taking the tales into different parts of the country.

James Mackay Wilson, a former Berwick Advertiser editor, launched them in 1834 and there were 315 editions in an instantly successful publication.

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Wilson died a year later and is buried in Tweedmouth, but the current project has aroused considerable interest and is moving forward steadily.

A pop-up museum will be set up in Berwick town centre later this year to tie in with the Literary Festival.

Apart from more filming there will also be two major events.

New tales are also being written and the winners of the Rotary sponsored writing competition will see their efforts published.

The Wilson’s Tales traditions were being continued and gradually being brought back to life.