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Selkirk firm produces new tartan for Manchester City

Businessman meets Manchester City legends Image copyright Robert Fairburn
Image caption Selkirk businessman Craig Douglas, left, with Manchester City favourites Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee.

English footballing giants Manchester City have officially launched their own tartan to celebrate a 60-year link with a Borders town.

The Blue Moon tartan scarves and ties are proving a big hit with supporters of the Premier League champions.

They are made in Selkirk, the hometown of City legend Bobby Johnstone.

They also reflect the club's links with the 1940s musical hit which is sung by fans before each home game.

It is the brainchild of Borders businessman Craig Douglas, who enlisted Selkirk-based Lochcarron of Scotland to produce the initial order which has been selling in the club shop and online.

Mr Douglas, 55, an offshore oil company training manager, said: "There is a lot of enthusiasm at Manchester City for the tartan.

"The feedback I got at the launch was excellent and I hope this is just the start.

"We are already talking about expanding the range into handbags and caps and it looks as though the club will use the tartan for its hospitality box travelling rugs."

City legends

Selkirk and City have enjoyed strong ties ever since Bobby Johnstone moved south in 1955 and became the first player to score in two consecutive FA Cup Finals at Wembley.

The link has been cemented with Blue Moon now recognised by the Scottish Register of Tartans with an official launch attended by City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee.

Mr Douglas said: "There remain strong links between Selkirk and Manchester City - Bobby's portrait still hangs on the walls at the Etihad Stadium.

"It is great that it will be a Selkirk company that will benefit if the tartan takes off in Manchester."

Bobby Johnstone - who passed away in 2001- was born in Selkirk and played for his local club before being snapped up by Hibernian and formed part of the legendary "Famous Five" forward line at Easter Road.

Capped 17 times for Scotland, he moved to City and the club has visited Selkirk twice in recent season for friendly matches.

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