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Peter Alliss opens Borders Book Festival in Melrose

Peter Alliss
Image caption Golf commentator Peter Alliss is hosting a sell-out event at the Borders Book Festival

Golf commentator Peter Alliss is getting proceedings under way at the 10th Borders Book Festival in Melrose.

His sell-out show looks back at his time as a player as well as his work covering major championships on television.

The four-day event, which runs from Thursday until Sunday, includes a host of famous name writers.

The winner of the fourth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction will also be announced at the festival.

Others featuring this year are actor Tom Conti, raconteur John Sessions and authors including Hilary Mantel, William McIlvanney and Christopher Brookmyre.

Organisers said ticket sales for the festival had "exceeded all expectations".

The winner of this year's Walter Scott Prize will be announced at a special event on Friday evening.

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