Mainstreet Trading Co celebrates 10th birthday

People - Bookselling Tuesday, 26 June 2018

St Boswell shop's courtyard becomes a market

The sun made one of its treasurable visits to Scotland as the Mainstreet Trading Company, set up by Bill and Rosamund de la Hey, celebrated its 10th birthday.

Among the visitors last week to the shop, in St Boswells in the Borders, were Michael Morpurgo, who joined recent visitor Maggie O'Farrell in receiving a "Mainstreet Makar" rosette. Morpurgo (left) said: "Mainstreet is one of my very favourite bookshops - a place where the love of books, the sharing of knowledge and enthusiasm of Bill and Rosamund and everyone who works there, are every bit as important as the selling of books. And there is no better place for a delicious bowl of soup!"

O'Farrell (below) said: "A bookshop to make you fall in love with reading all over again. Scotland is lucky to have it. Happy birthday, Mainstreet."

On Saturday, Mainstreet transformed its courtyard into a market scene, festooned with bunting and trestle tables, with food stalls including Neals Yard Dairy, Alliance Wines and Pump Street Bakery's chocolate milk. A charity cake stall raise £362 for Save the Children, Syria. The de la Heys (top photo) spent the day in the guises of Uncle Phil from Nanny McPhee (minus pork pie hat) and Alice.

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