3G Arena Appeal
Several firms offered materials to help repair the damage surrounding fence on Nether Road. And many more have put their hand in their pockets to pledge cash donations to a replacement hospitality suite.
A collection at neighbouring Gala Rugby Club during their Boxing Day fixture with Melrose resulted in almost £800 being raised. And there was also a collection at the Indigo Rooms nightclub over Christmas as well as a quiz night at the Salmon Inn and raffle at Reivers Sports Bar to further boost the fund. A spokesman for Gala Fairydean Rovers told us: “It has been fantastic how the local community has rallied round the club at this time. There are so many people the club wishes to thank it is difficult to know where to start.”
Several offers of old photographs and other memorabilia have also been made. And over the next few months the Border Telegraph offices in Market Street and Borders Sport and Leisure Headquarters on Melrose Road will act as drop off points for anyone with images, programmes or other mementos of either Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. Telegraph Editor Ally McGilvray said: “We hope that former players and supporters can help replace at least some of that history by donating any old photographs or memorabilia.”
As well as accepting donations of photos and memorabilia, we can also make copies of old photos.
Chief executive Ewan Jackson told us: “We are devastated by the loss of sporting memorabilia in the fire at 3G Arena.
“The importance of tangible tokens of sporting legacy and photos to put faces to legends names’ cannot be underestimated so we would like to appeal to anyone who can help.
“We are looking for old photos of team line ups or game play of Gala Fairydean FC and Gala Rovers FC.“
All donations and photos for scanning can be left at the our Head Office on Melrose Road, Galashiels (building to the right of the Queens Leisure Centre) or at the Border Telegraph, 32B Market Street, Galashiels (upstairs from the Trophy Guy).