Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Marillion hit Kayleigh to be set in Galashiels pavement...

A council plans to inscribe the lyrics of a 1980s hit into the paving stones of the town which the song was set in.

Scottish Borders Council is to put extracts from Kayleigh by Marillion into the pavement at the newly-developed Market Square in Galashiels.

Fans of the band had criticised the removal of the area's cherry trees which are mentioned in the song.

However, they will be replaced and a tribute to the lyrics set in the paving stones in the square.

Kayleigh was the biggest hit enjoyed by Marillion and their frontman Fish.

In it he recalled his time spent in the Scottish Borders town during the late 1970s.

Council engineer David Johnstone said the authority felt it was appropriate to mark the links between Galashiels and the song.

"The lyrics from the song Kayleigh included reference to the old textiles college," he said.

"Some of the lyrics referred to 'dawn escapes from moon-washed college halls' and 'do you remember cherry blossom in the market square?'

"There was a feeling that these lyrics were really appropriate and because of the connection between the singer and Galashiels that it would be appropriate to engrave some of those lyrics into the paving and make more of a feature of it."

'Very pleased'

Mr Johnstone said that the original cherry trees referred to in the song had had to be removed due to disease but they would be replaced.

He added that the council had been in touch with the songwriter, originally from Dalkeith in Midlothian, who was pleased with the plans.

"We had an email from Fish, a very nice email - he was on tour at the time," he said.

"He was delighted that they lyrics were going to be engraved.

"He had very fond memories of Galashiels and was very pleased with the idea."

Source: BBC

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